Getting the Sacks . . .
What a shoutout!
Sneed is told that Michael Sacks, the Rahmster’s best buddy, dispatched an email Tuesday to all his friends urging them to ring doorbells in the toniest addresses on the Gold Coast to get out the vote for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Sacks is looking for “help in finding someone who can send a ‘Dear Neighbor’ letter or politely knock on a door.”
In the email, Sacks states:
• “The good news is that 82,500 people have already voted, compared to 37,600 at this time in the primary. Some more good news is that 49,500 applied to vote by mail across the city.”
“Based on the wards and buildings that the requests came from, this is a good group of voters for Rahm,” he claims.
• “The bad news is that as of this morning 35,000 of these ballots remain outstanding. They have not been filled out and returned.”
• The request: Sacks urges people to look at a list of 47 buildings on Lake Shore Drive, North Michigan Avenue, East Chestnut Street, Ohio Street and more — and if they live there or know someone who does, help remind these voters to send in their vote-by-mail ballots.
“Every vote counts and we all have to remind our friends to vote,” Sacks tells Sneed.
As someone once said: “Them that gots, gets.”
P.S. Full disclosure: Sacks is a Sun-Times board member.
Pew news . . .
Haul out the crosier! Archbishop Blase Cupich, who has been using a buyout broom to effect budget cuts at the Archdiocese of Chicago, just spritzed the office with some fresh air.
Sneed is told the Rev. Clete Kiley, who has been very involved with immigration issues at UNITE HERE! — a hotel and restaurant workers union — was just appointed the head of the archdiocese’s Pastoral Center, which provides parish services to Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics.
“The archbishop wants the Pastoral Center to serve the parishes and not the other way around — and Father Kiley will supervise all the curia’s day-to-day nonfinancial operations,” a Sneed source said.
Cupich began forming his new archdiocesan team recently by appointing the Rev. Ron Hicks as vicar general and the Rev.Kevin Birmingham as his administrative secretary.
“Father Kiley adds some gray hair to this young team,” the source joked. “And, I might add, all three of them speak fluent Spanish.”
Wings for Rahm . . .
It’s shenanigans time!
Sneed is told that Ald. Joe Moore (49th) just got thwacked by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for an early voting event dubbed “Wings for Rahm.”
Alvarez’s fraud unit claims they are probing voter complaints to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners about a 49thWard flier encouraging people to stop at Buffalo Joe’s restaurant for “some chicken wings and rib tips courtesy of Alderman Joe Moore,” before walking with the alderman to a nearby park to vote.
Sneed is told the alleged activity has ceased. Natch.
Real vs. reel estate . . .
• Gaga gab: Lady Gaga, who chooses downtown Chicago hotels when she is here visiting “Chicago Fire” fiance Taylor Kinney, wants to buy a $15 million to $20 million penthouse near her Upper West Side Manhattan childhood home, according to the Big Apple press.
• Durst data: The Scarsdale, New York, childhood home of alleged killer Robert Durst, who is awaiting extradition to California, where’s he’s accused of murder, is up for sale for a mere bagatelle: $3.8 million. Hey, the place has only a three-car garage.
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Elliott Harris and wife, Sue, whose beloved daughter, Rachel, died unexpectedlyWednesdayat 36. . . . Friday’s birthdays: Eddie Murphy, 54; Alec Baldwin, 57, and Doris Day, 91.