On the heels of a depressing jobs report, Barack Obama is raising $5 million at fundraisers in Chicago this Friday – including one co-hosted by Marilyn Katz.
So who is Marilyn Katz? According to the New York Times, she’s the person who gave Obama “entry into another activist network: the foot soldiers of the white student and black power movements that helped define Chicago in the 1960s. As a leader of Students for a Democratic Society then, Ms. Katz organized Vietnam War protests, throwing nails in the street to thwart the police.”
The Chicago Tribute also noted that Katz, “once advocated throwing studded nails in front of police cars, back in the SDS days when the group was alleged to have thrown cellophane bags full of human excrement at cops and cans of urine and golf balls impaled with nails.”
This is not to say she hasn’t evolved. As the Tribune added: “Under this Daley, [Katz’s] firm, MK Communications, has many city deals, and one involves public relations for the Chicago Police Department’s community policing program. From nails to contracts, the Chicago Way. Apparently, irony was not a ’60s thing.”
Aside from the jobs report, it also seems telling that — with the Wisconsin recall just days away — Obama is spending his time in another Mid-Western state, raising money for his own re-election. Perhaps party loyalty only goes so far.
Also worth noting is that Katz, of course, is also a friend of unrepentant domestic terrorist — and Obama pal — Bill Ayers. (Apparently, donating money to Obama’s campaign is the best way for terrorists to stay off his “kill list”?)