The alderman’s current newsletter attempts to rewrite the history of her support for oversight of aldermen and their staffs. Her statements are laughable.
First she credits herself for “co-sponsoring” the bill in a way that suggests that she played a leadership role, rather than joining late in the game, which is what she did. In truth, she is one of at least 27 aldermen who signed on a during the first week of January as co-sponsors of the legislation that would give the City’s Legislative Inspector General, Joe Ferguson, authority to investigate the aldermen and their staffs. Read the story as reported by CBS reporter Craig Dellimore on January 7.
At this writing, more aldermen have become co-sponsors—a supermajority, in fact—and the bill is expected to pass soon, despite the efforts of Aldermen “Fast Eddie” Burke and Carrie Austin to delay it.
The push for this legislation is a direct response to the Laquan McDonald shooting. With the Mayor politically dead, and the rubber-stamp bloc, including Silverstein, running for cover, the Council’s Progressive Coalition was able to seize the advantage, moving the bill out of the Rules Committee, where it’s been bottled up by Ald. Michelle Harris, and bring it forward for a vote. Since she always goes where she has the most cover, Silverstein’s temporarily landed with the majority on this bill.
But the alderman is never content with just one misleading statement. She goes on to claim that she “…believes this is a common-sense measure that should have been instituted years ago.” Nonsense.
This legislation has been locked up in the City Council’s Rules Committee for years. At no time did Silverstein make any moves or attempt to form any coalitions to force the Rules Committee to bring this matter to the Council floor for a vote. In fact, she voted with the rubber-stampers to keep the aldermen’s activities away from oversight. She wasn’t a cheerleader for former Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan.
Note that the photo accompanying Dellimore’s report is basically the same as the photo in Silverstein’s newsletter, except that she’s absent from the CBS photo. There’s also a bigger crowd in the photo where she’s at the lectern as well. Never one to hid from a camera, it wouldn’t be surprising if she waited her turn for a photo-op (it’s practically a hobby) and then ran the photo that suggests that she’s leading the fight on this. As a matter of fact, crowd-pleasing events like good legislation are magnets for aldermen, and each always gets a turn at the microphone and a photo to show the folks back in the ward.
That’s why her newsletter is so full of pictures of herself.
People remember the photos long after they forget the real story.