- Chicago’s mayoral runoff race moved on Sunday to the West Side, where a crowd at an NAACP forum turned on Mayor Rahm Emanuel before warmly embracing his challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
The Chicago Westside NAACP Branch gave Emanuel and Garcia an opportunity to make their cases to voters at Purcell Hall in Garfield Park. The candidates spent roughly an hour each answering questions from a two-person panel.
Emanuel went first, fielding questions about education, street violence, West Side representation on city boards and community participation in city government. But the crowd grew restless as he neared his closing statement and had used examples from other parts of the city to explain his policies.
Everyone knows there are a few major factions in the black community - the west side reverends and the south side reverends are two of them. These aren't the only factions, but they hold sway over sizable voting blocs. It's been that was since the old Machine days. It's a bit more fractious now, but still, if Rahm can't get canned applause at a west side event in front of a reliable democrat voting bloc, there are big issues for him. Good weather on election day will have many of these people at the polls early.