Friday, January 4, 2013
Alderman Dirty Dick Mell.... Maybe I am retiring, maybe I am not.... Father-in-law to Gov. Blago wants his Aldermanic seat to go to his openly lesbian daughter State Rep Deborah Mell
Among the myriad political parlor games at City Hall, one of the longest running is the annual speculation about whether Northwest Side Ald. Richard Mell will finally step down.
Mell, 74 and the second-longest serving alderman on the City Council, said today that he’s always thinking about retiring, and nodded to the boy-who-cries-wolf nature of his yearly decision.
“I’ve been retiring for the past five years,” said Mell, 33rd. “Sure, it’s tempting. I think it’s tempting for everybody (on the City Council).”
“This is premature,” Mell said of a report he was on his way out. “I haven’t made any decision, and I may not make a decision (to retire).”
The alderman, who chairs the powerful City Council Rules Committee, said he would like his daughter, State Rep. Deborah Mell, to succeed him when he does retire. Deborah Mell would do a good job on the council, her father said, adding he thinks she’s interested in the post.
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