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Beavers: 'He can run Mickey Mouse, if he wants to'

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

With trademark bravado, Ald. William Beavers (7th) essentially told U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday to bring it on. Beavers said his daughter has nothing to fear in an aldermanic race against Jackson's wife.

"He couldn't raise one dime to run against me or even put anybody else against me [in 2003]. In fact, my supporters, who also support him, told him they would not give him another dime. ... Not only that. They'd give me half a million. ... But, I have a half a million in my coffer now," Beavers said.

"I've never been afraid of a challenge. ... I have no fear of Congressman Jackson doing anything -- or his wife. Committeemen make congressmen. Congressmen don't make committeemen. He can run Mickey Mouse, if he wants to. But he won't be able to raise a dime for her or for himself."

Beavers didn't stop there. He essentially accused Sandi Jackson, an attorney, of being a carpetbagger.

"My daughter lives here. I think he [Jackson] lives in Washington. ... My name is Beavers, and I think Beavers carries more weight than Mrs. Jesse Jackson Jr. Her name is Darcel Beavers. And I think she's better known in the city of Chicago than Mrs. Jesse Jackson Jr. I'm not concerned about her or the congressman. Not at all."

'A dinosaur'

Jesse Jackson Jr. wasted no time in firing back. The congressman's stinging statement left little doubt about his wife's political intentions.

"Beavers is a dinosaur. His insider political deals are reminiscent of the Jurassic period," Jackson said.

"He said he's tired. He doesn't want to work too hard anymore, and he wants to live the good life. It is my goal to help Mr. Beavers to achieve the retirement he justly deserves."

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown reported this week that the Jacksons might be angling to disrupt the final piece of a complex political deal hammered out to pave the way for the retirement of stroke-stricken Cook County Board President John Stroger.

The deal calls for Todd Stroger to replace his father on the November ballot as County Board president and Beavers to fill John Stroger's seat on the County Board. After presiding over City Council hearings on Mayor Daley's 2007 budget, Beavers would resign as alderman on the condition that Daley appoint Darcel Beavers, the alderman's daughter and longtime chief of staff, to be the new 7th Ward alderman.

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