- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How is it that New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is taking part in our election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. by touting one of the candidates (“Bloomberg to dump $2M into Chicago race to defeat gun advocate Halvorson,” Web, Sunday)? This is just more New York influence, like the ineffective police chief Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hired, who is being hamstrung by the gangs of Chicago, or New Yorker Gabe Klein showing Mr. Emanuel how to cause gridlock by installing bike lanes on our busiest thoroughfares.

Mr. Bloomberg is disparaging Debbie Halvorson by using his PAC money on Chicago TV ads for Robin Kelly. It’s time to let New York arrogance and “influence” stay in New York — and let Mr. Bloomberg spend his money investigating the Wall Street banks that caused our economy to crash and burn in 2008.

Mayor Emanuel, use the talent we have here in our city to overcome our problems. Forget any New York interference.

TIMOTHY D. O’REILLY

Chicago