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I Endorse Rahm for Mayor

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I remember distinctly the day that I heard the news that Daley was not running for reelection for the Mayor of Chicago.  I recall being at once jubilant, hesitant and afraid.  Why?  Well, let's think about it.  If everything was looking rosy on the horizon, Daley would stay, right?  Right.  However, Daley knows better than anyone in this city just how much shit is going to hit the fan, and how hard.  You could say he's getting the hell out of Dodge before that happens.

As Chicagoans, we all have our opinion of Mayor Daley, but when all is said and done, do many of us actually care who runs the city?

You should know by now that I love living in Chicago.  I love being a Chicagoan.  I love being able to live, work, play and explore in a world-class city, abundant with choices, freedoms and excitement (including all of the shootings that take place just a block from my apartment).  But what do I really care about when it comes right down to it?

Cut and dry, I just want the city to work.  That means relying on the CTA to get me where I need to go, by when I need to be there.  It also means having the lake front maintained well enough so that I can run up and down it in the summer while training for marathons and simultaneously enjoying the scenery (i.e. eye-candy) at North Avenue Beach, Oak Street Beach and Ohio Street Beach.  Furthermore, it means having the snow removed in a reasonable amount of time, and having the streets clean.  Basically, I just want to be able to do my thing in my city.

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So why do I endorse Rahm?  It's simple, he's a true Chicagoan, and isn't afraid of straight talk, playing dirty or getting tough, and that's exactly who we need.  We all should know by now that there is a ocean of money flowing under the tables in Chicago, that keeps this city working.  If that ocean dries up, the mafias and unions will bring the city to a grinding halt.  Rahm knows this, he grew up here, is raising his family here, has been in politics and in banking here, which means that he knows how the money flows and who touches it.  He also knows how to play the political game in order to get the money to flow in his direction and make things happen, when he needs to. At the end of the day, isn't that what we need?  Isn't that what we want?  I know that's what I want.

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Do you know what else I want?  I want a Mayor who has a direct line to the Oval Office... and one that isn't afraid to flip the bird, use profanity, express his opinion, or pop a dead fish in the mail when necessary.  I suppose it might also help if said Mayor is missing half of a finger too.  What other candidate can say that they have that going for them, or would do any of the aforementioned?  I don't know, but what I do know is that if there's one city I want Washington focused on, it's mine, and if there's one person I want sending dead fish through the mail using my taxpayer dollars, it's my Mayor.

I don't know who the other candidates are, and as far as I'm concerned, there aren't any.  I say we skip the formality of the election, save the City (i.e. ourselves) the expense, and just anoint Rahm Mayor... or King... or Don of Chicago and call it a day.  Besides, anyone who doesn't vote for Rahm is pretty likely to find a horse's head in their bed when they wake up the next morning... or at least a dead fish.  KISS THE RING!



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