Interview with Garcia Jesus

Tell me how Byrne and Daley would come into the community and try and make an appeal for votes.


In the '83 campaign we saw Daley come into the community, ah, kind of like, hey let's go to amigo land and have the cameras rolling, the lights burning and we'll make the spiel, put on the hat, have the mariachis play and say, "Vote for me because I am your amigo and when I get in I will help my amigos." Goodbye. Jane Byrne did a little more differently. She was into festivals and you know Chicago is a great city. We party here. We have ChicagoFest and we have the Neighborhood Fest. So, she came in and a little more sophisticated--she might have the mariachi band here but then she'd have the salsa band here, and she would go up there and be, you know, just hipper than, than, than, Richie, and would say, "My Hispanic friends," you know, "this is the decade of the Hispanic and when I get in I'm going to help you. We're going to have some great parties here because the Hispanics are really going to come of age under my administration." Harold's approach was different. Harold came into the community, not making the grand entrances not with a mariachi band. He came here and he came to talk about respect. He came and reminded us that, while he was a State legislator and then a congressman, he was defending bilingual education. He was defending immigrant's rights and fighting and, and stopping discriminatory immigration, ah, legislation in Congress and in Springfield. And Harold was saying, you need to have your own representatives. You need to have your own agenda. I want to take that agenda and implement it when I'm elected mayor. But in order to do that we've got to clean up City Hall so that everyone can be represented. We need to fight for the interests of working people everywhere. That was not a traditional approach.