Meeks Seeks Corporate Support
By Kevin Robinson in News on Dec 8, 2010 2:30PM
Photo via Meeks's Facebook Fan Page.
“I totally get it,” Mr. Meeks told Crain's. “I've built buildings. I meet a payroll. I've had to lay people off. When I tell people that, they say, ‘Oh, you are a businessman.' “
The report adds dimension to the portrait of Meeks's candidacy as an alternative version of Harold Washington's, describing the center-right coalition he's building in his run. The includes socially conservative Chicagoans in both the black community and among city Republicans. Counting among his high-profile supporters former Illinois GOP Chairman Andrew McKenna Jr. and Commonwealth Edison Co. CEO Frank Clark, who have both expressed admiration for Meeks's pro-business, pro-reform stances on public policy.
With a crowded field of candidates and a powerful candidate in Rahm Emanuel, the notion of Meeks becoming a serious challenger to the conventional wisdom of Emanuel as a sure-thing is gaining traction. If the city's business community and independent conservatives get behind him, and the black vote splits in his favor, Meeks could give the city's political establishment a run for its money.