Ricketts Family Looks To Control Fallout Of Involvement In Proposed Anti-Obama SpotsPublished May 18, 2012
A WRENCH IN THE WORKS? In Chicago, Spielman & Pallasch write, "The threat to resurrect the Wright controversy that Obama thought he put to rest during the 2008 campaign is poorly-timed for Joe Ricketts’ four children." The Cubs "were hoping for a vote on a state borrowing plan to bankroll the Wrigley renovation using tax-exempt bonds during the final two weeks of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session, paving the way for construction to begin in October." City Hall sources said that before the controversy erupted this week, "talks with Emanuel were continuing with a 'sense of urgency' to accommodate the Cubs construction timetable'" (SUN-TIMES.com, 5/18). Also in Chicago, David Haugh writes Tom Ricketts has "worked hard at cultivating an Everyman image, and anybody who has spent time with him realizes how genuinely down-to-earth he has remained." One of the "hardest things for Ricketts to consider is the way this episode reminded everybody how elite his family's lifestyle truly is." Haugh: "A more pressing question for Ricketts looms: How can he repair his relationship with Emanuel, who reportedly was livid hearing plans to target his former boss in the White House?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/18).
OIL AND WATER? In N.Y., Rutenberg & Zeleny note Cubs BOD members Pete and Todd Ricketts "attended the meeting in Chicago last week to review the advertising proposal, which was titled, 'The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama.'" Meanwhile, Cubs BOD member Laura Ricketts is "one of the top contributors to Mr. Obama's re-election bid and is a member of the campaign's national finance committee." Tom Ricketts said that he "was not politically active" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/18).
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