Who, besides Daley?
With the reminder that parking meter rates will rise again, the usual calls come for Chicagoans to vote out Mayor Richard M. Daley. (See comments at the end of the Tribune story.) But who will run against him?
Asked SquintyMagoo: "And just who is this miracle candidate everyone is going to vote for
over Daley if he runs again? Maybe we could invite Detroit's former
mayor Kwame Kilpatrick here to run?"
This is a problem. Daley's opposition often has been hard to take seriously. There are the fringe candidates, there are the weak ethnic or racial candidates backed by the political profilers, there are the egotists who believe everyone is waiting for their arrival, there are the serious candidates who have no backing. And so forth.
Now is the time for the city's civic, independent and corporate leadership to start lining up credible candidates--those who are experienced, intelligent and free of the taint that surrounds the usual batch of losers and boodlers. It'll take courage, but it's our only hope.
If you've got some candidates in mind, send them in here.