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Where’s Weyermuller? At Chicago Young Republican Watch Party with Willie Wilson




By Mark Weyermuller - 

The Chicago Young Republicans held a watch party for President Donald J. Trump’s second state of the union address Tuesday night. It was held at McGees Tavern near DePaul University with over 100 attending.

The CYRs are led by new president Chris Myers with Carly Campbell as their vice president. Many members of the Northwest Side GOP Club, led by their president Matt Podgorski and vice president Ammie Kessem, also attended the event.

Chris Myers, Matt Podgorski, Charles Love, & Ammie Kessem

Candidate for Chicago mayor Willie Wilson was a special surprise guest.  In an unusual move, the Chicago Young Republicans “recommended” Wilson, just short of a full endorsement. Of the 14 mayoral candidates, the Young Republicans determined Wilson is the most business-friendly.

Wilson has said he is the only mayoral candidate that voted for Donald J. Trump.
One of Wilson’s campaign promises is to reopen Meigs Field, once a Chicago lakefront airport that was bulldozed in the dark of night in 2003 by former Mayor Richard Daley. Wilson supports a Chicago casino and legalization of marijuana, which does not sit well with the Republican base. Still, the group was excited to chat with Wilson. 
Four years ago the Chicago GOP organization endorsed Willie Wilson as shown in this Illinois Review story. 
On Saturday the Northwest Side GOP Club is holding a Meet-n-Greet for Willie Wilson on Saturday at Paterno’s Pizza at 5303 North Milwaukee Avenue from 4-530 p.m.  The event is free. More details on their Facebook event page.
The election for mayor along with 50 Chicago aldermen is Tuesday, February 26, 2019 with early voting taking place now. A winner must receive 51% of the vote, otherwise a runoff will take place in April between the top two vote getters. 
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Mark Weyermuller is small business person, real estate professional, and conservative activist in Chicago. He is a citizen journalist and regular contributor to Illinois Review. Mark can be heard weekly on the radio in a "man in the street segment" at 5:31pm as a regular guest on the Stephanie Trussell Show heard Saturday afternoons 3-6pm on 50,000 watt WLS 890-AM.


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  1. “Wilson has said he is the only mayoral candidate that voted for Donald J. Trump.”
    He is also the only mayoral candidate to have run a failed campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He managed to poll only 6,565 in the State of Illinois. I guess that was a few months before he became a Trump supporter.

  2. I find it amusing that the Chicago YRs (all 20 of them?) held their 2 gatherings at 2 restaurant/bars (McGee’s and Paterno’s Pizza) that patronize Grub Hub.
    For those with short memories, Grub Hub, fired all of its employees who supported President Trump in the election of 2016.
    Leftists, who have long memories, would have boycotted these 2 locales, on that basis, alone.
    But it probably makes no difference to these Republican kid dilletantes – most of whom probably opposed President Trump.
    At least they’re a trifle more politically saavy than they were on 2008 election night, when the Chicago YRs booked their “victory party” for a tiny portion of the lower mezzanine in a hotel, which was located right below the massive Obama victory party up above.
    And while the Obamaites were wildly cheering above, the tiny group of Republicans below became more and more demoralized.
    The, then, YR Chairman explained that catastrophic move away by saying – we got a good deal on the hotel space.
    I don’t think that great Chicago YR mastermind has been seen in political circles since.

  3. You are off base.
    While I referenced the fact that Jim Ryan’s son had sent a mailing on behalf of Jerry Joyce’s candidacy (which more or less coincided with the first Wilson article posted on Illinois Review), I did not endorse the candidate. I merely pointed out that not all Republicans were unified as to supporting Wilson.
    I am skeptical of the motives of those touting Wilson as some of these so called leaders are money hungry types who gravitate towards sugar daddies.