The Mayoral race of 2011 changed radically with Senator James Meeks dropping out. His mayoral campaign was short lived. It started with a lot of speculation and became official November 14, and ended officially just before Christmas Holiday, December 23.
Meeks has raised his status in dismissing the Mayoral race. He put the community over self. In doing so,he shores the reality of the leadership deficit. He killed the paper tiger. His removal of self from the race spoke volumes to a united front. The Black community is divided, perhaps beyond repair. The 2011 race is an opportunity to cease City Hall by the largest voting bloc in the city. However, the leadership of the community cannot assemble and agree to a single candidate. The ministers, the elected officials and the business groups cannot agree. The African American candidates bring excellent qalifications, but a consensus candidate is not there. Without consensus of a single candidate that could mount into a single force, failure is promised. Meeks knows the divide is real and smartly has saved face and grace to himself by not being a part of a political circus. He divorced the political reality.
The race is now between Congressman Danny Davis, Carol Moseley Braun, Gary Chico and Rham Emanuel. They are all proven in their leadership capabilities at different levels. Congressman Davis is clearly needed in Washington, as was proven last week when the President called upon him. He has a wide breath of experience in public official capacities, as alderman, county commissioner and congressman. Carol Moseley Braun did not bring it when she was Senator , in my opinion. She remains the only woman who has held her Senatorial position. She was on top of the world and she blew it. Do we need a repeat? Do people trust her? She just disregarded her strongest supporter. Gary Chico has served in numerous chairman positions running city departments, which provides unique insight. But is he a number one guy?
With the Meeks resign, perhaps one African American candidate will emerge, but I doubt it. I think they will fight it out and gurantee a win for Emanuel. But suppose, just suppose Emanuel looses his residency case in the Supreme Court. Then it indeed would be a significant game change.
The best thing for the Black community to do at this point is to formulate a strong Black Agenda and pitch it to all candidates. The race is now in the hands of Rham Emanuel.
What do you think of Meeks dropping out of the race? How does the race change?