Mayor Daley on Thursday issued a sarcastic blanket apology for the alleged torture of suspects by former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge.
“The best way is to say, ‘Okay. I apologize to everybody [for] whatever happened to anybody in the city of Chicago.’… So, I apologize to everybody. Whatever happened to them in the city of Chicago in the past, I apologize. I didn't do it, but somebody else did it. Your editorial was bad. I apologize. Your article about the mayor, I apologize. I need an apology from you because you wrote a bad editorial,” Daley said, laughing.
“You do that and everybody feels good. Fine. But I was not the mayor. I was not the police chief. I did not promote him. You know that. But you've never written that and you’re afraid to. I understand.”
Second, does the mayor really want to issue such a half-assed statement like this? Does he really want people to start connecting him to scandals that have and are occurring while he is the mayor? Involving people he has promoted? That Teflon coat he wears like a shield has to be wearing thin in spots. The Sun Times and Tribune have been poking a bit harder that usual over interconnected scandals and who knows how many of the 1,000 layoffs are going to have axes to grind that might have actual information for intrepid reporters or Federal prosecutors?
We certainly hope someone shoves this "apology" right up the mayor's ass.
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