A finding aid is available in the repository. The two of us agonized over what to do. Post-election polling indicated that Washington received 96% of the black vote a greater share than he had received four years earlier. Unlike the Epton campaign which had a single-minded direction, the Washington post-primary efforts swirled like a whirlpool caught up in the contradiction of its own political parts. Certainly consultants have the option of simply resigning from a campaign if their advice is rejected.
The footage was played and replayed on local and national news, becoming emblematic of the state of race relations in Chicago. The finance committee, a group lacking any meaningful experience in media-driven campaigns, was using its authority to block a necessary decision. Simultaneously, the 28-year-old Chicago Tribune reporter who had covered the Washington campaign and had become fascinated by the work we were both doing decided to leave journalism to become a political media consultant. Posted by clarenceswinney on 2013-05-11 11:50:21. The congressman's heavy and near unanimous black support, his strong Hispanic totals and his respectable cut of the lakefront liberal vote would not have been enough to win without the hardcore backing of a measurable number of white ethnic Democrats. Monday morning, many of the Finance Committee members were apoplectic. Washington received 25% of the white vote, rising from 17% he received in 1983.
Mother was Bertha Jones Washington 1898-1980. The situation we faced in Chicago is not likely to recur. Most illustrative of the black-white voting split was the 15th Ward. He had narrowly defeated 1983 nominee. His easy win option of running as the endorsed Democratic mayoral nominee and receiving a traditional organization landslide plurality was dead.
Statewide, the new black political muscle in Chicago has complicated the tight balance of power between Democrats and Republicans. Washington questioned Epton's mental health and demanded he release his medical records before any second debate could be scheduled. Daley did together in the primary. What was left was a sweep of the heavily turned-on black electorate while receiving significant lakefront liberal and Hispanic support. Green is currently co-editing a new book with Mel Holli, University of Illinois at Chicago, titled Making of the Mayor: Chicago 1983, to be published by Northern Illinois Press, DeKalb.
Looking at ward turnout percentages, not one black ward makes the top 10 turnout list, and if these mainly all-white top 10 wards had voted as a solid bloc against Washington as Washington's black wards did against Epton , the Republicans would have captured city hall. The last time it had elected a Republican mayor was in 1927. If the spots were damaging, we would quickly see it and have time to withdraw them. Campaign contributions, especially from African American businesspeople, increased. We needed to do something dramatic if we were to win.
In 1983, however, Epton's total vote in Washington's 10 best wards all predominantly black was less than Waner's vote in Daley's legendary home 11th Ward in 1967. Stones and threats of serious violence followed spiteful screams and racist catcalls. We have forgotten that black power matters. Washington, who was beloved in black neighborhoods here and bitterly disliked in most white wards, stunned supporters and foes alike in the city. In 1933, Roy married Arlene Jackson.
But when young Daley got into the race, it was suddenly transformed into a serious effort to elect Washington. Clearly, we had a contractual obligation to obey, but did we not also have a responsibility to the candidate to act in his best interests? Yet as professional political consultants we often confront situations in which hard data conflicts with client inclinations or beliefs. It is an insult to Washington to say that Obama's election is a continuation of something that started with Washington's election to the position of Chicago Mayor. An abrupt cut takes the viewer to the near riot at St. Those results set our strategy. Both factions are needed inside the Democratic party in order for national and state candidates to carry Illinois and county candidates to be reelected in Cook. The commercials used during Harold Washington's campaigns for the 1983 and 1987 mayoral elections in Chicago, Illinois, Democratic Party.
His mother, Bertha Price, left his father, Roy Lee Washington, a minister, lawyer, and Democratic politician, and her four children when Harold was a toddler. Blacks gave Washington about 76 percent of his winning total, the analysis found. There is also correspondence and other documents from other city agencies concerning economic issues or other administrative matters in which Dobbins's office might have responsibility. Slowly, it dawned on the press that if the non-black vote was evenly split between Daley and Byrne, Washington could theoretically win. Moreover deep in his heart, Washington could never be sure of how sincere regular party endorsements would be to his campaign and whether powerful, white ward committeemen could even deliver a sizable vote to him on election day.