It’s beginning to seem as though there’s no end to Obama mentors. Although the name of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle isn’t as “household” as Jeremiah Wright, Preckwinkle — who has her sights on becoming Chicago’s first black female mayor — takes credit for encouraging Obama to join Wright’s radical church.
Another trait Preckwinkle shares with Wright is disillusionment in their mutual protégé:
[She] was already expressing misgivings about him [Obama] in 2008, even though she was an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention. The radical Preckwinkle remains in the good graces of the far-left: Bill Ayers, for one, said of her in December: “I love Toni Preckwinkle.” He also suggested that she should run against Emanuel for mayor.