Joe Ricketts’s children, which include Obama bundler Laura Ricketts, bought the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and have been in talks with the city about renovating the team’s 98-year-old stadium, Wrigley Field.
That appears to be on hold now.
“The Mayor was livid when he read that the Ricketts were going to launch a $10 million campaign against President Obama – with the type of racially motivated ads that are insulting to the president and the presidential campaign,” said the aide, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the situation. “He is also livid with their blatant hypocrisy.”
The Ricketts family is seeking taxpayer funding for the renovations. Emanuel has reportedly sought to put $100 million in tax incentives into the deal.
Would love to be a fly on the wall at the next Ricketts family gathering.
Ricketts’ Super-PAC has rejected the Jeremiah Wright smear proposal. So, no go.
This whole thing is bizarre. I wonder if they put it “out there” so it could percolate beneath the radar of the “decent” discourse, instead to marinate in the sewer of right wing blogs and media outlets a la WingNut Daily. That way Mittens can pretend to stay above the fray.
God, who knows. This campaign is already giving me a headache.
Republican Moneybags Joe Ricketts,
owner of the Chicago Cubs founder of TD Ameritrade whose children own the Chicago Cubs, has pledged $10 million on a smear campaign against President Obama using the old Rev. Jeremiah Wright stuff that didn’t work last time. The storyboard for the video was leaked to the New York Times and as you can see, it’s a pretty nasty piece of work.
Whenever I see stuff like this it helps to remember that negative campaigns are an attempt to compensate for a campaign’s inherent weakness through deception and distraction. Here they are trying to compensate for the fact that their candidate sucks and they have no ideas save the failed ones that everyone remembers all too well from the Bush years (deregulate, cut taxes, * poof * magic happens). We’re still seeing signs of that fallacy crashing down around everyone’s ears, such as JP Morgan’s now-$3 billion gambling loss which recently surfaced.
I don’t really see how this is supposed to work but there you have it. Distraction, it’s how we do stuff these days.
Republicans are trying to tell us that the President’s endorsement of marriage equality will undercut his support among more culturally-conservative religious African-Americans. I don’t know if that is true, but it doesn’t seem like attacking the black church is a good way to help that along if such a rift indeed exists.