But he also believes that neither he -- nor anyone else -- will fare well enough to win the Democratic slating. On Saturday, a slew of Democrats interested in replacing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will attend a slating meeting, asking for the Cook County party's backing. To get it, the candidate needs a vote (which is weighted) of 50 plus one.
So far, at least seven people have expressed interest in running. But the slating committee said it has 15 people on its list.
"I don't think anybody can get to the 50 plus one. When you look at politicians, we are very good with numbers. So we study the numbers. And when you look at the numbers and add them up it's clear: nobody will get to 50 plus one. More than likely, it will be an open primary," Beale told the Sun-Times today.
Beale said that's because there are so many candidates in the race. "People have so many different relationships with
different people I think it's impossible for anyone to walk away with the Democratic slating."
The single most weighted vote belongs to Frank Zuccarelli -- Thornton Township Committeeman. Zuccarelli told the Sun-Times last week he was backing Donne Trotter, a state senator recently arrested on weapons charges.
"I talked to Zuccarelli as early as today, he said he's going to hold with Donne Trotter."
Here's how the slating is broken down by vote. Each committeeman gets one vote, but the vote is weighted based on their ward or township:
- 7th 7,400 (Sandi Jackson)
- 9th 6,600 (Beale)
- 5th 3,700 (Leslie A. Hairston)
- 8th: 2,800 (Michelle Harris)
- 10th: 3,400 (John Pope)
- 34th: 2,000 (Carrie Austin)
- Thornton: 20,000
- Rich Township: 11,000
- Bloom Township 8,900
- Bremen: 4,100