Young, affable and down-to-earth, Allentown city council prez Michael D'Amore would be a perfect usurper to King Ed's throne. Since Democratic Talk Radio Blog reports Mike is planning a $35/head fundraiser on August 21 (Here's a link to the details), I started wondering ... .
D'Amore presided over last week's bullshit burger bonanza, where King Ed wore down resistance to his police plan with long-winded answers to simple questions. Although I ran out of there screaming long before the meeting was over, the King of Renaissance Square actually lashed out at D'Amore during one of his lengthy soliloquies. Amazingly, Allentown's supposedly Democratic mayor thinks D'Amore is too union friendly. Few noticed the tirade. Most of the audience were sawing logs.
It's no secret that relations between King Ed and D'Amore are severely strained. Hell, relations between King Ed and just about everybody are strained. Is Mike thinking about taking him on next year?
"I'm not running for mayor," Mike told me last night. He explains his fundraiser as a necessary precaution for potential adversaries in next year's city council race. Gee, now who would run a candidate trying to dump D'Amore? Hmmm.
"I've been encouraging him to run" is what city council VP Tony Phillips, himself a potential contender, tells me. "It wouldn't be Chicago politics as usual."
"With Ed all we have are window displays. Once you get behind the curtains, you find it's empty."
That's true of Allentown, but not of King Ed's campaign coffers.