The Chicago Tea Party may not like many things – taxes, Mitt Romney, even the Republican Party. But the Tea Party did like a video made by Andrew Marcus, which champions Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education policies.
Marcus, director of the video, “A Tale of Two Missions,” produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group, was the featured speaker at a Chicago Tea Party event downtown tonight.
Marcus’s video stars Fox News reporter Juan Williams praising Chicago’s Noble Charter School Network as a glowing success despite strident opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union.
In the video, which Marcus played clips of at the meeting, Emanuel shares Williams' enthusiasm for Noble and says that the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union system of collective bargaining “was never designed for the kids.”
Marcus praised Emanuel tonight. “The mayor whether you find him genuine or not – maybe this is just temporary sanity – is on the right side of the issue if you are for school choice,” he said.
Marcus, who has made videos documenting the Tea Party’s origins in Chicago, noted his good fortune.
“In September, I absolutely would have laughed in your face if you told me I was going to be directing a short documentary fronted by Juan Williams where we were going to have Rahm Emanuel and the two of them were going to be leading the charge against unions in this town.”
Here is video of Marcus speaking:
Also tonight, Illinois Tea Party President Denise Cattoni was on hand with the message that “this is the most important election in our country’s history.”
Cattoni meant not just the presidential election but also Congressional and local races. That’s fortunate for the Tea Pary because – besides the group's animus toward President Barack Obama – Cattoni said she also disliked Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee.
“I am no fan of the Republican Party,” Cattoni added, naming Republicans like Illinois U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11), who Cattoni doesn’t consider conservative enough on tax issues.
Cattoni is a big fan of one Illinois Republican: U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8). “We’ll do anything for Joe Walsh,” Cattoni said to enthusiastic applause.