A long time friend of Senator Roland “Tombstone” Burris collected and filed over 20,000 signatures on Burris behalf for mayor of Chicago. Burris was aware of the draft movement, did not object to it. He is seriously considering a run for mayor. His term as appointed Senator is up at the end of this month. He needs a job and another notch on his tombstone.
Burris is best remembered for playing a vicious race card the last time he ran for mayor against Richard M. Daley. He even had African Americans mad at him. Roland Burris is also a Chicago Machine hack. While waiting to be confirmed to the senate, the media reported on the cozy contracts he and law firm had with the city. $300,000.00 worth of consulting contracts. They were in exchange for campaign contributions, of course. Pay to play is the name of the game.
Burris joins a list of twelve others running for mayor. Most are not serious, some are clowns and buffoons. It is a shame. In a city this size, this diverse, and with so many well known prominent people and executives, we can only get rummage sale professional politicians to run for mayor.
Maybe Alderman Mathias “Paddy” Bauler was right in 1955. “Chicago ain’t ready for reform.”