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Editorial: Sandi’s sad hubris

Alderman Sandi Jackstalks with mediCity Council meeting Wednesday October 3 2012. l John H. White~Sun-Times

Alderman Sandi Jackson, talks with media at City Council meeting, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. l John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 19, 2013 3:05PM

Ah, the sweet and sickening sound of Jackson hubris.

On Thursday, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell detailed former Ald. Sandi Jackson’s take on how “Mayor Rahm” intends to pick her successor. Jackson, citing the troubles of her former congressman husband, resigned last week.

Fear not, 7th Ward residents, Jackson has it all figured out for you.

The process for picking the next leader for the South Side ward is basically all done, Jackson told supporters Tuesday, according to a tape of the meeting given to Mitchell.

“From an insider’s point of view, Mayor Rahm may say he wants to have interviews,” Jackson told the group, mostly precinct workers, gathered in her ward office. “The people he will interview will be the people I am suggesting. . . . They are interviewing people in the community, but they do that to calm people down. People want to have their input. But for the most part, they turn that matter over to the alderman.”

Never mind Emanuel’s pledge to seek nominations and interview candidates. Emanuel, of course, would happily take his marching orders from an aldermen, particularly a no-show one like Jackson.

Also good to know: If Emanuel goes “against my wishes,” Jackson said, and appoints someone tied to the Jackson family nemesis in the 7th Ward — former aldermen Bill Beavers and daughter Darcel — she’ll strip the office of all its furniture.

Nothing like putting the needs of 7th Ward residents first.

Sadly, that’s precisely how Jackson framed the discussion Tuesday, saying she wanted her successor to hit the ground running so as not to slow progress under way in the challenged ward. Jackson may even be sincere there, which may explain why she wants her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, to get the job. But Jackson’s pledge to strip her office of furniture that she “personally” bought, with campaign funds, reflects a different, less noble motivation.

The final chapter in this sad tale: Barrett likely will be the next to fall victim to Jackson hubris, after her former boss and Jesse Jackson Jr. Barrett may be the perfect successor. But after Tuesday’s lively splash of candor by Sandi Jackson, 7th Ward residents will likely never know.

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