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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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goat Is for YOU to lose that confidence. How are they doing it? Simply
by calling attention to YOUR mistakes.
You were elected mayor by an overwhelming and unprecedented ma
jority. No mayor of Chicago ever had a more glorious opportunity. Yet
you haven't been mayor a year, and are on the defensive.
You were not elected by the Republican party. You were not elected
because you happened to be a Republican. When the contest was between
Republicans alone, you only beat Harry Olsen for the nomination by an
eye-lash. You got your big vote when the people without regard to party
had to choose between you and Roger Sullivan's political machine.
You had beaten the Deneen-West machine at the Republican primary.
You appeared to be unattached, and voters without regard to party took
a chance on you. Their message to you in that big vote was this: "YOU
be our mayor, Bill Thompson not a Republican mayor, not a Democratic
mayor, but mayor of Chicago, mayor for all of the people."
Had you caught the meaning of that big vote and the spirit of that
message, you could have made the job you now hold the second biggest
job in the United States and you would have been in reality BIG Bill.
But you started in to do the very thing the people didn't want done.
You started in to build up a Republican machine of your own. You acted
as if you thought the people elected you because you happened to be a
partisan Republican. You began right away to neglect the job the people
had given you, by starting out to capture the state Republican organiza
tion by running for national committeeman againstNRoy West.
And then you started in to make of the municipal government of Chi
cago a Republican political machine. You went off the job to play party
politics. You scampered about the country with a presidential bee buzzing
about your head. At least that's the notion the people got. And those who
had trusted you and pinned their hope on you their hope for a better
Chicago sighed as they thought that another good man had gone wrong.
Take your row with the city council, Bill. I tell you now that the
aldermen are closer to the people than you are. Especially those who are
opposing your political program. If it confes to deciding whether aldermen
shall be representatives of the people or puppets of a partisan mayor,, the
people in general will take the representative end of it
Your great weakness, politically, is that you haven't a really big poli
tician in your cabinet or organization. By a big politician I mean one who
is big enough to advise you to go clear over th6 heads of all the little poli
ticians and deal directly with the people ALL of the people who believe
in Chicago and have hope for its future. I would call that the higher
Such people don't want Chicago to be ruled by the Republican party
or by the Democratic party. And it looks now as if the Democrats are
about to make the same mistake you are making. If Roger Sullivan is
ihosen as czar of the Democratic party, that party will geta licking at
But YOU won't profit by it, Bill not if you try to be a political boss
You're in a jam, Bill. Your advisers have given you the wrong steer.
You are being played into the hands of Bosses West and Deneen. State
street can't save you. Lundin and Pugh can't save you.
You've got to do it yourself. You've got to .have the confidence of the