It's war: Representatives Bobby Rush and Danny Davis would love to jab Congressmate Jesse Jackson Jr. with a hat pin from one of Ald. Dorothy Tillman's (3rd) toppers!
• To wit: Rush and Davis are infuriated Jackson is backing Pat Dowell in her runoff against 24-year incumbent Ald. Dorothy "The Hat" Tillman.
• Quoth Rush: "This is outrageous! Dorothy is an original. A rarity. A leader since way back to the era of Harold Washington. She's a stellar supporter of African-American developers and business. Those of us who cut our teeth on reform politics in Chicago aren't going to go along with this just because there is a new kid on the block."
• Quoth Davis: "God is not through with Dorothy Tillman yet. I gave her my mother's last hat -- a felt hat with a feather in it -- when she died as an indication of respect for Dorothy and the leadership she provides. She built the Harold Washington Cultural Center; her work on slave reparations has garnered her international respect. What is Jesse thinking?"
I can always look at this as more of a generational rivalry more than anything. Rep. Jackson is attempting to flex his muscle and is doing so in time for the runoff next month.