Sneed: Dems for Trump movement may be afoot
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Democrats for Trump . . .
Sneed hears rumbles several male scions of well-known Dem dynastic lines have met and discussed starting the “Democrats for Trump” movement.
• The problem: Fear of engendering the wrath of their top-line Dem dads by going public.
• The question: Will they be signing up with former Ronald Reagan aide Ed Rollins’ super PAC to support Donald Trump? Or will they be involved directly in the Trump campaign?
• Who are they? Sneed’s not tellin’ . . . because someone would be yellin’!
The Zopp effect!
Newly appointed deputy mayor Andrea Zopp tells Sneed she has one more thing to do before she starts her new job at City Hall targeting economic development and growth to the city’s neighborhoods.
“It’s about family,” said the former head of the Chicago Urban League who has a world-class resume. “It’s something I’ve needed to do for my two daughters,” she said.
“I’m finishing up the loose ends this weekend.”
Zopp told Sneed the time given to her Dem primary bid for the U.S. Senate prevented her from recognizing “two important accomplishments” her daughters had experienced during the past year.
“They graduated from college; Kelsey (23) from Skidmore College last May and Alyssa (24) from Columbia College,” she added. “So I spent the past week or so planning their graduation party and all the invitations will be in the mail this weekend.
“It will be the last time I have much time for anything personal,” Zopp said. “The mayor is going to keep me very busy.”
Just say yes!
Imagine the shock of St. Viator High School senior Colleen Gallagher, 18, when a huge electronic billboard rolled onto the Arlington Heights High School parking lot at 7 a.m. Friday blaring Top 40 hit dance music.
• To wit: Tommy Durkin, 18, took advantage of the senior class breakfast in the parking lot on the last day of school to ask Gallagher to next Friday’s senior prom.
• Fortunately for Durkin, Gallagher said . . . (er, what’s it worth to you to know the answer?)
OK, she said . . . “YES!”
A Rush job . . .
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who took to the House floor recently blasting Amazon.com Inc. for “the redlining practice in Chicago’s African-American community of shutting out Prime Free Same-Day Delivery service”— tells Sneed: “Now that Amazon has reversed the practice, I just met with former White House press secretary Jay Carney, a top Amazon exec, to discuss the possibility of building new delivery centers on the city’s South Side.”
Stumpin’ for Trump . . .
Pate’s Plate: Legendary former Illinois Senate President James “Pate” Philip (R-Elmhurst) hosted a reunion luncheon for 28 retired GOP senators in west suburban Bloomingdale on Monday pitching for Donald Trump.
Referring to his old caucus buddies as his “Gorillas,” he opined Trump will thump Hillary Clinton . . . and that the Donald needs a Hispanic woman running mate from a southern border state.
• Sporting a Trump-style “Make Illinois Great Again” hat, Pate also touted a plan for presidential primaries where America would have 3 primary election days; one for the east, one for the Midwest/Plains, and one for the west.
“Pate’s political juices were flowing . . . and he did not insult a soul this time!” a former “Gorilla” told Sneed.
Wanna be nice?
Well, two former White House social secretaries think they know how.
• Translation: A manual on the way to be nice titled “Treating People Well” is being written by Lea Berman, who worked for President George W. Bush — and President Barack Obama’s party planner Jeremy Bernard.
It’s due out next year.
Ka-ching . . .
Down the tubes: In case you missed it, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin — whose pay cut legislation requiring his fellow board members to each donate $10,000 to a summer jobs youth program got tubed — directed $10K of his salary to scholarship programs at Malcolm X College and Chicago State University.
Sneedlings . . . I spy: Chicago Bulls star Jimmy “Buckets” Butler spotted dining at Carmine’s on Friday afternoon with projected top five NBA Draft pick this year, Jaylen Brown. . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Mark Zuckerberg, 32; Clay Matthews, 30, and Boni Fine, ageless. . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Emmitt Smith, 47; Jamie Lynn Sigler, 35 and Chazz Palminteri, 64.