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A story in the Chicago Reader, an alternative weekly, illustrates one of the distinctive aspects of Del Valle's campaign. They report on the campaign managers for 6 candidates. (Two of whom dropped out around press time.)

Five of those were hired guns. Now, I don't have anything against hired guns. They can learn what the candidate stands for and present this accurately -- if that looks like the way to win. When there aren't campaigns, they earn their keep on government appointments from the guys they've won for previously, by lobbying, or by handling press for businesses.

Del Valle's campaign manager, Bruce Embrey, is a guy who has been involved in dozens of campaigns for reformers in Chicago, sometimes paid, often not. He earns his keep when there are no campaigns as a carpenter-handyman. He knows what his candidate stands for because they have stood together for decades fighting for reform.

Originally posted to Frank Palmer on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 08:20 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    Corporations are people; money is speech.
    1984 - George Orwell

    by Frank Palmer on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 08:20:15 AM PST

  •  When is someone going to write a... (1+ / 0-)
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    shenderson

    real detailed, "Miguel is the only true progressive in the race" diary here (there have been some partial diaries on that topic) so that the dKos community can understand what us long-time progressives in Chicago understand about this race?

  •  Tipped and rec'd for a fellow Chicagoan. (0+ / 0-)

    God knows, we've gotta support each other today.

    I like Del Valle, but up here in Rogers Park, I see no presence for him, even with Northside DFA's endorsement. Hell, even Danny Davis had some signs in storefronts around here.

    Progressive bona fides are one thing, but there aren't enough of us in Chicago to elect the mayor all by ourselves. I really need to see a cogent case made for how Del Valle wins enough of the vote on Feb. 22 to get into the runoff because right now, I just don't see it.

  •  huh? (1+ / 0-)
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    pvlb

    What's immoral about paying your campaign staff?

    •  i don't think (0+ / 0-)

      that was Frank's point: Bruce Embrey gets paid (sometimes, at least) to be a campaign manager.  

      The point is that Bruce won't work for just anyone to get a check: he will work as a carpenter-handyman rather than take a job for a candidate whose values he doesn't share.  

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." - Hubert Humphrey

      by Hope Despite All on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 12:04:56 PM PST

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