But he does think he knows why. I have made some reference, I believe, to the development issues facing our city. We live in an older neighborhood - a first-ring suburb of houses built around the wars close to downtown. Our city has great public schools, really nice houses, and great services. It's a nice place to live.
The developers want to put high-density housing in the middle of neighborhoods of single-family homes. They want to build five-story buildings next to single-family homes.
I am not hearing any support for from people who actually live near the proposed development. Primo and I did not support the building of a 66-unit apartment building on the church parking lot two blocks from our house. We do not support development on the grounds of some really nice parkland in our city.
But there are people who want this development to happen. The people who would make money from it, of course. People who are much richer than we are and live in much fancier neighborhoods where this sort of thing would never be allowed to happen.
He has been told - but nobody will give him actual names - that the Establishment wants to run someone against him.
Primo: They aren't even doing me the courtesy of letting me know! That's how it's supposed to work.
Me: It's kind of as if during WWII, after we had started fighting the Germans, the Russians, and the Japanese, Illinois had also decided to fight against us.
Primo: This is not how it's done!
Me: It must feel like you have been betrayed.
Primo: I'm the one who ran in this district when nobody thought it was winnable. I have run three times! I'm the one who has put in the work. I'm the one with the name recognition. They should be supporting me, not fighting me.
Me: Except - they know you are not a Big Money Guy. That you're not a sellout. That you would not support big development deals.
Primo: I wouldn't!
Me: I didn't think your party was officially about Big Money and Developers.
Primo: They're not supposed to be!
Me: So as long as they say the right things about the social issues, it's OK for them to screw the little people over on anything to do with money?