And then there were six: Sen.Trotter trots out of the 2nd CD race.

With State Sen. Donne Trotter backing out yesterday of the 2nd CD race to replace the “purportedly bi-polar,” ethically, marriage vows and legally challenged Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Third Airport), that leaves six major 2nd CD candidates in the Democratic  Primary (based on Money, Organization, Message, Political History and Base)-- listed below in rough order of likelihood to win.  The Republican Primary doesn't really count because the State GOP motto is:  "We never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Senator Trotter: "Now, where did I put my gun."  

Trotter, a big gun control guy, couldn’t seem to keep track of where he kept his guns as he did his OJ run thru the airport. I mean it could happen to anybody, right? No hypocrisy there? Like Daley and Emanuel knocking those who want to carry guns for safety—and they walk around safely with multiple body guards-- all “packin.”No hypocrisy there, huh? Of course not.

If you say something they don’t like, look at them the wrong way or use your money to advocate against one of their political cronies,  Rahm and Richie will use city governmental power, at will,  to punish you. Don't believe it? Talk to Joe Ricketts and his son, Tom.  So much for the 1st Amendment in Chicago. And, we know what they think of the 2nd amendment of the U. S. Constitution. Which articles and amendments to the Constitution do Mayors Daley and Emanuel like?  We’ll let you know when we find one.

So, the leading candidates for the 2nd CD seat are:  

  1. Debbie Halvorson, the former State Senator and Congresswoman. Most importantly, she is, as Laura Washington might put it, the only “White Girl,” in a District that is now 46% non-African American. She also knows a lot of people who like to give money to pols and most likely to her.
  2. Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale, who has been an alderman almost one third of his life and has a long standing professional relationship with Delmarie Cobb, owner of The Publicity Works and once known as a “reformer.” Beale has been unavailable to discuss public policy issues on Public Affairs this year.  We hope Cobb will see fit to remove the wraps next year.
  3. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who was Halvorson’s Chief of staff when Halvorson was Senate Majority Leader and was tapped by Halvorson to replace her as state senator when Halvorson was promoted to Congress in 2009. Toi now figures her four years under Senate President Cullerton’s rule qualifies her to go to DC. Hutchinson has not been chomping on the bit to come on Public Affairs to discuss public policy issues. We hope that will change next year.
  4. Napoleon Harris, who is an ex-pro football player, ex-Northwestern University football player and State Senator Elect, figures running and winning a state senate seat should be all that he needs to quality for Congress. That, and the name recognition and appeal of being a local and national footballer should do it?  I guess. Harris also hasn’t been falling all over himself to come on Public Affairs to discuss public policy issues. We hope that will change next year.
  5. Robin Kelly, former state rep., who lost her Treasurer’s race in 2010 to Republican Dan Rutherford, who will be running for Governor in 2014.  Kelly is now Chief Administrative Officer for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The “Old Girls Network,” in operation?  We never were able to get Kelly on our show during her run for Treasurer. We hope she has a sharper interest in discussing public policy issues in this race.
  6. Rev. Larry Pickens (D-Calumet Heights).  Rev. Pickens is fluent in the issues. As a lawyer and member of the clergy, he may have the knowledge and moral foundation that the Second Congressional District voters could be looking for to replace the foul odor and stench of anti-Semitism, underage sex and public/private corruption that have characterized the 2nd CD seat: under its last three office holders: Gus Savage, Mel Reynolds and Jesse Jackson, Jr.

You can watch Rev. Pickens on our show at or just go here.  He has a three hundred member congregation. He has the respect of many in the community. He has a well thought out opinion on the important issues of the day and he is happy to have a non-scripted conversation with you about them. He has a background of which the 2nd CD can be proud.

That may not be enough to generate the money, organization, message and base to make it into the top six. But, we like his spunk and we like that he jumped at the chance to subject himself to tough questioning on the issues of the day and the District on our TV show. He earned this spot.  We are tough, balanced and fair to everybody. But, we like the style, confidence, openness and transparency of Rev. Pickens. We hope the others will all follow his lead.

Rev. Pickens made it onto this list the old fashioned way. Not by being a pol much of his life. Not by sucking up to the right people. Not by selling himself and his office for money.  Not by promising various advocacy and interest groups whatever they want to hear.  No, Rev. Pickens earned his way, legitimately, legally, ethically and morally onto this list. Now, we’ll find out if he can get into the dance.  In addition to watching him at the link above, you can watch him this Monday night on TV, throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV) at 8:30 pm.            



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