You may have seen the article recently that Mayor Daley’s poll numbers are down. That’s the bad news for Hizzoner. The good news for the mayor is that, at this point, he has no credible challenger. And he has a history of pulling off strong performances on Election Day.
According to the poll, one of the things that’s really sticking in people’s craws is the parking meter fiasco–how the city leased the system and all of a sudden people were stuck with a new system that was a lot more expensive than the old one was and a pain in the neck to use.
Yesterday, I saw something that got my attention. A well-dressed man who appeared to be in his late-20s or early thirties was walking down Lincoln Avenue systematically checking every parking pay station checking for change in the pay box. He didn’t appear to find any in the brief time I observed him.
This got me thinking. It may be a sign of the times when someone who is well-dressed is systematically foraging for change in public. And if he’s a Chicago voter, is he reminded of the bleak economy each time he looks for spare change and does he associate hard times with the mayor? If so, that’s not a connection any smart politician would want. And no one has ever accused Hizzoner of not falling into that category.