Coalition of Chicago's Blacks Chose Danny Davis for Mayor

-By Warner Todd Huston

After two months of backroom dealing and secret meetings Chicago’s African American community claims that it has chosen U.S. Representative Danny Davis as its black Democratic candidate for mayor of Chicago in 2011.

Davis beat out such luminaries as Alderman Walther Burnett, the Reverend James Meeks, and long-out-of-view Carol Moseley Braun. Sources say that Moseley Braun lost because she has been out of the public eye for too long. But I’d guess she lost more because of all the fraud and thievery she’s been involved in over the years. She isn’t called Carol Mostly Fraud for nothing.

Still, regardless of who this supposed coalition chooses, the whole effort is essentially an undemocratic, anti-American process. Who are these people to set themselves up as kingmakers essentially taking the power away from the people and creating a defacto candidate that the voters are “allowed” to support?

This whole thing is a travesty of our American system and an obviation of American principle.

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  • Spot on.

    Why are they following the same rules set up by the Daleys over the past 50 years? Break the chains already. It only says you don't have faith in your community. Want them to make the "right" choice? Educate them about their candidates. Hold town hall meetings, invite the candidates into your neighborhood and grill them. This is a community that can organize voters in a heartbeat through churches. Though I strongly believe there is no place for politics in church, you have to work with what you got. Set boundaries: pastors can not endorse a single candidate. The same people who vote a single party ticket are the same ones who will follow their pastor's lead without thought of their own. Change the role of the church from candidate endorsement to voter education.

    I applaud the ministers who are appalled by this "Coalition." Going against the "Coalition" isn't a great career move for them. I'm pretty sure "Coalition" members are from the first Daley's generation. Time will move them on and then the REAL leaders of the black community might have a chance to bring them into the 21st century.

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