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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Frank Jackson endorses Joe Cimperman: Our first (and last) interview with the mayor!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 6:40 AM

Mayor Frank “Beardo” Jackson has refused to speak to Scene since he took office. Maybe it’s because we insist on trying to spread the nickname “Beardo." Or maybe it’s because we’ve accused him of being as cagey as Dick Cheney, as crony-tastic as George Bush, and roughly as intelligent as Corky from Growing Pains. But the Bearded Curtain has been lifted. We have finally conducted an interview with the mayor. The secrets to our success: the journalistic hallmarks of confusion and omission. ... C-Notes approached the mayor at a Democratic straw-poll meeting in a Tremont school gymnasium. He had just made a speech — no, we’re not making this up — and was now standing off to the side, basking in the glow of being Frank. We asked if we might interview him about his feelings on Councilman Joe Cimperman, who gained Jackson’s endorsement in his campaign to oust Dennis “Other Guy Who Hates Us” Kucinich from Congress. We had contacted Jackson’s office about interviewing the mayor on the subject, but, unsurprisingly, had heard nothing back. Jackson now agreed, and walked down a hallway to get some privacy. Flanking us was the mayor’s personal security guard, a giant, unsmiling police officer in a suit, looking straight out of In the Line of Fire. I later learned his name, and while I can’t remember what it is now, it was along the lines of “Lazer” or “Wolfkiller.” Anyway, Jackson was very polite, patient, and thoughtful: “Several things played into my decision to endorse him," he said, not pensively stroking the graying eagle's nest on his face, which seemed like kind of a waste. "He’s a friend. I’ve worked with him for ten years. We haven’t agreed on everything, but I know where his heart and his mind is. "When I was running for mayor in ’05, when very few people wanted to support me, he endorsed me. So my thinking is, what can I do to support him? "And I think he’ll make a good congressman. He’ll help his district though adverse, difficult times. Both he and Kucinich share the same passion of the underdog. So they’re similar, in a populace sense. Joe Cimperman’s worked with the corporate community, and he knows how to bring millions of dollars to the table. He can walk on the other side, that Dennis Kucinich cannot.” Thanks, Mayor! “What publication did you say you were with?” Umm. Scene? With that, our mayor’s face dropped, and he walked wordlessly away. Damnit, our first and last interview with the guy, and we forgot to ask him what conditioner he uses on his face! -- Gus Garcia-Roberts

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