There are a lot of people out there that do not trust him thanks to his like to Jesse Jackson Sr. however I think this is an exciting possibility. Some real competition for the mayor's office after three no names ran for the position almost two years ago.
I may not agree with Congressman Jackson on a number of issues but I do think it's time for a change and he represnts it. Unlike the first black mayor of Chicago Harold Washington, he'll be considerably younger.
This article from the Sun-Times has him talking about starting a voter's registration drive. THe last time this happened Harold Washington went on to become mayor. But since Eugene Sawyer was mayor for two years after the death of Mayor Washington, no other black has come anywhere close to the mayoralty.
So here's the deal. Aside from Jackson's rather socialist leanings, I want to know what else he stands for. Can he appeal across the various racial, ethnic, or economic lines of Chicago? And can he be the reformer Chicago could use in the 21st century, which is something that Daley seems to not have. We'll just have to see.
Jackson Jr. looking more seriously at City Hall Chicago Sun Times 7/1/2005
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