Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria
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Green - Active Candidate
Red - Lost
Orange - Candidate has dropped out or is
by Marc Zumhagen
Chicago -- It’s a brisk day in the city. A hint of chill is in the air as I
walk between the skyscrapers which tower above downtown Chicago. The business
that brings me here is, of course, the Senate race.
We’ve all heard Jack Ryan’s story – how after going to Harvard Law and
Business schools and working for Goldman Sachs, he left corporate America to
teach. He took a job at Hales Franciscan, an all African-American Catholic high
school on Chicago’s south side.
ILS recently had the opportunity to talk to Jack and find out why. We also
had a chance to see how he interacts with other people.
The non traditional campaign
The day started with a press conference. Jack was releasing his latest poll
numbers and had every reason to be happy. The poll he commissioned showed he had
a 24 point lead. He took several questions and answered them with the ease of a
When asked, “Who were the contenders and who were the pretenders?” Jack
responded saying “We are taking all the candidates seriously.”
This has been the tone of the entire Ryan campaign up to this point. They
unleashed a massive ad campaign during the national league championship series
as well as selected mailings throughout the state.
A few polls conducted for Jack, and others by outside sources, show that his
strategies have been working so far. Even so, some political analysts find the
barrage of Jack’s a bit odd this early in the race.
When ILS asked Jack for the reason behind such a strong start, both Jack and his
press secretary laughed, and said “Winning in November!” Later his press
secretary went on to say, “We’re not following the traditional pattern.”
The maverick style of the campaign is clearly seen in their signs, which are
black, white, and yellow, and stand out from the red, white, and blue of the
other 16 declared candidates.
It’s all in the family
So far Hales Franciscan, the school where Ryan was a teacher, has met with
success sending the vast majority of its students to college. Why did Ryan leave
a successful carrier in the business world to teach?
According to Jack it all came down to Family Ethic. The idea of taking
initiative, making changes and sacrifices to help the community is one Jack
learned at home.
While he was growing up, his mother saved an all girls Catholic school on
Chicago’s northwest side. Josephina High School was all set to close its doors
when Mrs. Ryan stepped in and became chairman of the board. She raised funds
through friends and family. She enlisted volunteers and begged family and
friends to help with the work. In the end, the school was saved and is still
open today, with much the same results as Hales Franciscan.
Jack’s uncle also participates in the family public service tradition. He
started Cristo Rey High School in Chicago’s Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood. The
school, which is about seven years old, is as nontraditional as Jack’s campaign.
To pay the tuition, students work one day a week - going to school the remaining
four. Typically, five students will share one job, with a different student
coming in each day of the week.
Jack’s sister is also involved in public service, she started a clinic for
Latino indigents. The clinic provides Latinos with medical care and English
“It wasn’t like, ‘Oh maybe I should leave Goldman Sachs and teach on the south
side,’ came to me one day out of the blue. It is just part of what we do in my
family. It was the way we were raised,” Jack said in a matter-of-fact way.
The most impact
When asked, “Who has had the most influence on your life?” Jack thought for a
moment before answering, “My folks and my siblings, whom I am extraordinarily
Jack’s family is also highly involved in his campaign, with his brothers and
sisters hosting fund raisers, and participating in any way they can.
He is also very close to his son. Something which is not noticed by most is that
Jack will quietly disappear for a while around 8pm. He even left a party in
honor of his birthday before the cake was cut. Why? He calls his son every
evening and catches up on what Alex did that day.
Jack’s campaign is still rolling along. His ads are off the air for the time
being as the campaign “husbands” its resources. They plan to hold on to the lead
that they have cultivated through next November. Only time will tell if that is
When we asked, “Do you think you can beat the Democratic candidate in the
general?” Jack responded energetically. “I look forward to the challenge. And I
don’t say that with bravado, I say it with sincerity.”
Jack is hoping that his campaign emphasis of sincerity will resonate with
voters. “I hope that they buy into our message and me as the messenger.” Jack
Ryan ended, “If you aren’t sincere in who you are, people will see through that
in a second. If you try to be something you are not, on TV or in a speech or in
person, people will see that…We have to be sincere in everything we do.”
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