But I guess withdrawal pains can't be handled with opioids so I'm planning on hobbling back to Bridgeport next Friday when Fred and I will be back on air. Our in-studio guest will be the legendary, progressive Chicago political consultant, Don Rose. Among Rose's many attributes was his role as both Dr. Martin Luther King's and Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's press secretary.
We will also take some time to commemorate the life of another progressive Chicago political strategist, Brian Sleet, who’s death was reported Wednesday. Brian's career, though cut-short at age 41, has been on a path similar to that of Rose's. He was also a friend of Hitting Left, having appeared on the show back in March, 2017 along with my favorite Chicago political strategist and media mover and shaker, Joanna Klonsky.
The two have worked together on several hot political campaigns over the years, including that of State's Atty. Kim Foxx. Joanna is quoted in today's Trib, paying tribute to Sleet, whose life is being celebrated is many disparate Chicago political circles and all over local social media.
According to Foxx, without Sleet's sage advice, her own campaign might not have succeeded.
Close Sleet friend Joanna Klonsky echoed that in an interview, saying he was the sort of man who “would show up for people.”
Brian Sleet on Hitting Left, March, 1917.
“If you needed him he would be there, and that really matters in a business that is so often transactional,” Klonsky said.
In 2015, Sleet threw his energy into Foxx’s reform campaign. Before she decided to run, Sleet talked with her about how to approach black voters and how to dissect complicated issues. And then he guided her through messaging at a time of high tension and anxiety related to the the police slaying of Laquan McDonald and how it was handled.
“Brian understood and embodied nuance in politics, whereas everybody is about simple messages and simple answers,” Foxx said. “He knew people in the community. With him, I was asking, ‘What do I do? What do I say? How do I navigate this time?’ He was really blunt: ‘You don’t pander. … Walk through this period in your voice, doing the things that make sense for you.’”Tune in Friday, January 4th, 11-noon at WLPN 105.5 FM in Chicago, streaming live across the globe at lumpenradio.com.
According to Mark Pinski, general manager of WCPT, “Ben did a great job of moving our brand forward, and we want our next host to take us to the next level.”I hate to break it to Mr. Pinsky, but Ben was the "next level". You blew it.
Until he lands another paid gig, Benny J is always welcome to sit in with us at Hitting Left.
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