‘I’m not worried’ about marathon security, Supt. Garry McCarthy says: Sneed
By Michael Sneed October 8, 2013 7:18PM
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about the reassigning of 200 police officers from administrative duty to join Area Saturation Teams, at Area Central, 5100 S. Wentworth. Thursday, January 31, 2013. I Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:36AM
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is “not worried” that the Chicago Marathon this Sunday could become another Boston nightmare.
“We have no indication the Chicago Marathon this weekend will be anything but safe,” McCarthy told Sneed. “Fears of another Boston Marathon bombing nightmare in Chicago are totally unfounded.”
“It’s very difficult to police a 26.2-mile route, but nothing on the intelligence side of things indicates a problem,” McCarthy said. “No bomb threats. No threats period.”
McCarthy’s cool comes in the wake of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to elevate the importance of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“I’m not worried, but it is obviously better to be safe than sorry,” he said.
McCarthy — who gave a shoutout to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and State Police Director Hiram Grau for lending their resources — tells Sneed he has also been in phone contact with close friend and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who resigned just two weeks ago.
“We were probably the only police outside of Massachusetts sent to Boston to help,” McCarthy said. “So we got a firsthand look at what happened and how to prevent it happening here. Ed and I have been on the phone recently and everything seems to be in order.
“It’s amazing when you think only three of his men were able to stop the Boston Marathon right after the bombing by stepping onto the runners’ route.”
“Oh, yeah. . . . Ed also believes the Yankees suck,” chuckled the New York-bred McCarthy, who has been branded the Bronx bulldog.
Downton blabby . . .
Swoonsville: Memo to Yanks anxiously awaiting the latest “Downton Abbey” saga, coming to America next January: When Brit actor Andrew Alexander enters the scene as Sir John Bullock — you might want to know he was the schoolgirl crush of the Duchess of Cambridge, a k a Kate Middleton — 20 years ago. They appeared in school plays together.
A Nigella note . . .
He’s got chutzpah! Megabucks businessman Charles Saatchi, who drew headlines earlier this year when pictures were published of him appearing to choke his wife, foodie maven Nigella Lawson, at the trendy London eatery Scott’s, has been returning to the scene of the crime.
◆ Translation: Saatchi, who quickly divorced Nigella when she failed to come to his rescue from the media, has been back to Scott’s six times — with his new girlfriend.
◆ Backshot: A trip to Scott’s by Sneed during a London visit a week before Kate Middleton’s baby son was born drew this observation: Leaves from the potted tree next to the “Nigella” table at the eatery were notably sparse, compared to identical trees next to the rest of the outside tables. Picked by curious tourists?
I spy . . .
Former Blackhawk and Hall of Fame hockey pro Denis Savard turned heads when he stopped by Bull & Bear and Public House in River North with the Stanley Cup on Sunday night . . . and former Hawk Jeremy Roenick was spotted at Sushi Dokku on Saturday night.
The double J way . . .
Special attention: The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who seems to be everywhere and in the front row, is celebrating his 72nd birthday this week — and, not surprisingly, garnered a prime, front-row seat Saturday night at the Allstate Arena, where singer Chaka Khan belted out “Happy Birthday” just for him.
Gym jam . . .
Good grief: The boys still get to bounce!
◆ Translation: The House and Senate gyms used exclusively by members of Congress have reportedly remained open — despite the furlough of platoons of federal employees because of the government shutdown.
◆ Who pays for the gym maintenance? Taxpayers.
◆There is a little solace: The blog ThinkProgress claims towel service is unavailable.
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Mike Singletary, 55; Jackson Browne, 65; Sean Lennon, 38, and Willye Ratcliffe, 100.