From "The Ward Room" on the NBC5 website.
"The 49th Ward Democratic Party’s Endorsement Session is a must-attend for would-be governors and senators. Pat Quinn has attended. So has Dick Durbin.
This weekend, though, only half the mayoral candidates showed up. Carol Moseley Braun skipped the event entirely, reportedly because she didn’t want to be in the same room as Patricia Watkins. Rahm Emanuel sent a proxy, County Board Member Larry Suffredin.
According to Democratic Committeeman David Fagus, Emanuel had a “scheduling conflict.” The conflict? An Early Voting Rally at Charmers Café on Jarvis Avenue -- only four blocks from where the ward’s Democrats were meeting.
Emanuel appeared outside the coffee shop around 11 a.m., jumped onto a soapbox, delivered a three-minute speech to a crowd of 40 people, then drove off.
“It’s very interesting that he’s in the ward today, but did not come to the event,” said Michael James, president of the 49th Ward Democratic Party, who was wearing a del Valle pin. “I take that as a direct snub of the organization, and I’m not sure why he did it. Maybe he felt he wouldn’t have support here, but a number of people were prepared to vote for him, and a number of people did. He actually came in second.”
Coming in first was Miguel del Valle, whose “Chicago is ready for reform” speech won him 50 percent of the membership’s vote. (Del Valle needed 67 percent for an automatic endorsement. The matter now goes to the party's board.)" . . . . for the rest of the story
Edward McClelland The Ward Room Monday, Feb 7, 2011