Mr. O’Brien has support from many of the mayor’s underlings, particularly from the Northwest and Southwest Sides.Underling? From the New York Times' Chicago News Cooperative - nice Lefty Progressive ring to that one.
under·ling (un′dər liŋ)noun
a person in a subordinate position; inferior: usually contemptuous or disparaging
You see Mayor Daley ain't backin' no one for the County Board President. He is going to ground for Ground Hogs Day ( February 2nd Primary Day By the Way!). He would have his pectorals in the Old Maytag Ringer! The Revs would go nuts; the Lake Shore Activists would do a Manger Scene in front of his 5th Floor Door; everyone else would shrug.
Toni Preckwinkle has no "Underlings" - she has . . .something, er other.
Dorothy Brown has no "Underlings" - she has retainers.
The New York Times recently picked up some cast off Chicago Tribune "Underlings" - Jim Warren - an MSNBC cast player for Chris "Milky" Matthews and Fat Boy Olbermann and the talented Mr. Dan Mihalopoulous.
"Underlings?" Oh, Danny - HENCHPERSONS at least!
Contemptuous and disparaging prose Danny Lad is the reason newspapers tanked. Keep that resume fresh son. Terry O'Brien will be fine.