Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Ald. Flores: Mayor material?

Jeff Berkowitz: Is the HDO a patronage army?

Ald. Manuel ("Manny") Flores: I don’t know.

Berkowitz: You don’t know?
This week’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features Ald. Manuel [Manny] Flores, [D-1st Ward, Chicago]. Ald. Flores is a potential candidate for Mayor, perhaps, some time in the not too distant future. See the end of this blog entry for a detailed suburban airing schedule and for more about the topics discussed on this week’s show with Ald. Flores. This show will also air throughout the City of Chicago [in the regular “Public Affairs,” City of Chicago time slot] on this coming Monday night, May 9 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].
Next week’s guest on the suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” is State Rep. Bob Churchill [R- Lake Villa]. Churchill, who, at various points in time during the last 19 years, has represented about 40% of the 8th Cong. Dist. in his role as a State Rep. will decide after the state legislative session is over whether he will vie in the 2006 Republican Primary for the right to take on Congresswoman Melissa Bean [D- Barrington, 8th CD] in November, 2006.
A discussion of Ald. Flores’ background, experience and whether he “Walks the Walk” is here and a partial transcript of the show with Ald. Flores, including a discussion of whether Ald. Burke is “clouted” and whether Ald. Flores will embrace the “school voucher backpack,” is here.
See, below, for a detailed suburban airing schedule.
Jeff Berkowitz: All right, Hired Truck, Hired Tow, Hired Thief, you understand those things?

Ald. Manuel Flores: ah, it’s

Berkowitz: Corruption, right?

Ald. Flores: Corruption.

Berkowitz: Swirling all around the Mayor, right?

Ald. Flores: I think it’s swirling all around the city [of Chicago].

Berkowitz: All around the city.

Ald. Flores: In terms of what has happened—

Berkowitz: Did you run on that as an independent?

Ald. Flores: Well, I ran on efficient government.

Berkowitz: That’s inefficient government.

Ald. Flores: That’s inefficient government. I ran on making sure that you had [the] community engaged. I, I ran on all—

Berkowitz: Was Hired Truck- was that an HDO [Hispanic Democratic Organization] run program?

Ald. Flores: I, I don’t know if it was an HDO run program. My understanding--

Berkowitz: Well, who was running the program? Who was running the program.

Ald. Flores: Jeff, I was just gonna say—I was just gonna say you had a gentleman by the name of Angelo Torres--

Berkowitz: You know Angelo Torres?

Ald. Flores: I don’t know Angelo Torres.

Berkowitz: You know who he was?

Ald. Flores: Umm

Berkowitz: He went from being a booter to--

Ald. Flores: My understanding was--

Berkowitz: He was a guy putting boots on cars [that were illegally parked or had outstanding tickets]. Two years later, he was running a 40 million dollar [Hired Truck-- City of Chicago] program.

Ald. Flores: My understanding is that he was affiliated with the Hispanic Democratic Organization.

Berkowitz: Patronage army. He was running a patronage army, right?

Ald. Flores: Again, Jeff—

Berkowitz: Is the HDO a patronage army?

Ald. Flores: I don’t know.

Berkowitz: You don’t know?

Ald. Flores: I don’t know in terms of--

Berkowitz: You have an opinion?

Ald. Flores: I have an opinion.

Berkowitz: And, what’s your opinion?

Ald. Flores: I believe that, you know, there is—that there is some level of patronage, that there may be some level of, ah

Berkowitz: Are you against that?

Ald. Flores: You know, I don’t think that it is an efficient way to run government.

Berkowitz: So, are you against patronage?

Ald. Flores: I am against anything that is going to harm, Okay, I am going to make this clear-- I am against anything that is going to harm the City of Chicago, the residents. We need to make sure-- We need to make sure that when we are running government that we do it in a manner that the residents of Chicago are going to feel that there is a level of integrity—that there is a level of integrity and that they feel confident that their representatives and not only their representatives but also that the City and the government, all members, all constituents of that government are working to make sure that they are representing and serving the needs—

Berkowitz: Okay, but do you have patronage in your own office?

Ald. Flores: Patronage in terms of—

Berkowitz: Relatives?

Ald. Flores: I don’t have any relatives-

Berkowitz: Who’s the 1st Ward Superintendent?

Ald. Flores: The 1st Ward Superintendent is Manny Gonzalez.

Berkowitz: Okay, he’s not related to you?

Ald. Flores: He is related to me.

Berkowitz: He is related?

Ald. Flores: He is related.

Berkowitz: So, would that be a patronage job.

Ald. Flores: No, because he is not working for my office.

Berkowitz: But, is he qualified [and] doesn’t the City defer to the Alderman in saying who is going to be the 1st Ward superintendent?

Ald. Flores: Well, there is always going to be some communication—

Berkowitz: You have a say in that [right?]

Ald. Flores: There is always going to be some communication in terms of how the streets and sanitation is going to operate in the wards and it is very sensitive, you want to make sure you have someone who is qualified for that position.

Berkowitz: Is he [Gonzalez] qualified?

Ald. Flores: I believe he is qualified.

Berkowitz: What was he doing before?

Ald. Flores: He is a union plumber and he has had management experience.

Berkowitz: He has had management experience?

Ald. Flores: He has had management experience as a laborer…
Ald. Manuel (“Manny”) Flores, [1st Ward, Chicago], recorded on April 24, 2005 and as is airing on the Suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” this week [week of May 2] and as will be airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs on Monday night, May 9 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21[CANTV]. See, conclusion of this blog entry, below, for a detailed suburban airing schedule.
Ald. Manuel Flores debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz HDO, what makes government efficient and patronage; potential replacements for Mayor Daley, Hired Truck, Hired Tow, Hired Thief and Chicago corruption; Landmark Preservation and Development; Education, school choice and the Chicago Public Schools; getting along with regular Democrats, clout of Ald. Burke and much, much more.
The suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is regularly broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The suburban edition also is broadcast every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at JBCG@aol.com