The Silverstein campaign has released yet another silly mailer, this one praising Silverstein for raising Chicago’s minimum wage, apparently all by herself.
This ridiculous piece proclaims first that “Chicagoans deserve a $13 minimum wage” and that “Silverstein delivered.” It doesn’t mention that the increase to $13/hour will not be fully achieved until 2019, with the first part of the raise not coming until July 2015, to be followed by annual increases until July 2019. No mention of the other 43 aldermen who also voted for it. But the silliness doesn’t stop there.
The reverse side claims that Silverstein both “fought for” and “delivered” the “minimum wage increase the 50th Ward deserves.” She was not a leader in fighting for a minimum wage increase. In fact, she wasn’t even a member of the Special Task Force that made the wage increase recommendation, although seven other aldermen were, including Joe Moore (49) and Ameya Pawar (47th).
This nonsense is accompanied by no fewer than three pictures of Herself.
The bill had the Mayor’s full support from the beginning. Silverstein is known for doing what the Mayor tells her to do. In fact, a 2014 report rated her among the Mayor’s most reliable rubber stamps. Read the full report here: http://pols.uic.edu/docs/default-source/chicago_politics/city_council_voting_records/city-council-report-dec2014.pdf?sfvrsn=0
Let’s hope that the other 43 aldermen who voted for the minimum wage increase show more class than Silverstein and don’t attempt to claim solitary credit for the bill’s passage.
What a tacky campaign piece. I suppose it’s to be expected when there’s nothing of real substance to brag about.