Rev. Jackson, Rep. Rush surprise Rahm at South Side eatery
By Chinta Strausberg
Chicago, IL -Â John Rogers, Chairman/CEO of Ariel Investments, LLC, Monday said the energy in support for mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun is growing and the realization that â€œCarol will fight for us.â€
Rogers is supporting Braun because he says she best represents all of Chicago and has shown a â€œlife-long interest in helping people who are less fortunate, women, people of color, working class Americans and Chicagoans.â€
After holding a successful press conference at the Parkway Ballroom, 45th and King Drive, Rev. Jackson, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), Rev. Paul Jakes and others went over to the â€œHome of the Chicken & Waffleâ€ restaurant on Pershing Road where mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to visit.
When Emanuel entered the crowded eatery, he was greeted with chants of â€œCarol, Carol,â€ and with cameras rolling, Rush held court with the press.
He told reporters that he has eaten at this restaurant several times and not for political reasons, either. â€œThis is my neighborhood,â€ said Rush inferring that Emanuel is an interloper. A huge Carol Moseley Braun van was parked outside of the restaurantÂ
But, Emanuel stayed focus on todayâ€™s election asking people to vote for him. The owner of the restaurant, Tonya Johnson, told reporters she was proud to support Emanuel. â€œHe is a very good guy, and we look forward to him being mayor of Chicago.â€
Emanuel has never answered questions about his voting against the Congressional Black Caucus 128 times while in congress that included voting against: funding for education and affordable housing, $5 million in funds to access to water during the draught in Sub-Sahara Africa, saving jobs and funding retraining programs for federal prisoners; funds to fight cancer, diabetes, AIDS, heart diseases and infant mortality in minority communities; voted against funding the pharmacy school for Chicago State University; no to easing credit card rates; no to holding gas prices down, but yes to voting for bills that eroded the civil liberties and privacy rights, warrantless wiretaps and surveillance.
Emanuel continues to remain mum on these allegations saying rather heâ€™s focusing on becoming mayor â€œof this great city.â€
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.