CHICAGO -- When is a loss not a loss? When it's Chicago politics.
The city council's so-called “Progressive Caucus,” claimed some major wins tonight as a result of the grassroots campaign waged by defeated mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
The latest victory was claimed late tonight in the 10th Ward by reform candidate Sue Garza who claimed to have unseated incumbent Ald. John Pope.
Garza claims she won by just 89 votes.
A spokesman for Ald Pope issued a statement tonight saying, "In yet another stunning display of hypocrisy, the Garza campaign is prematurely declaring victory-- while themselves acknowledging that all the votes have not yet been counted. We remain committed to ensuring that ALL the votes are counted and we remain confident that the Alderman will be re-elected."
Emanuel acknowledged grassroots progress again today calling the council wars of the past unproductive. Emanuel says he wants his council to be more than a rubber stamp.
"I want the city council to be part of reform and change. You can't stand in place. You have to embrace change, and push it. And if you have ideas, bring them forward."