Rahm Emanuel is running for mayor of Chicago. Since 1989, change around the world inaugurated the Daley regime in Chicago, as in Richard M. For the past 21 years, Chicago had a mayor for life – until of course Daley announced this past fall that he did not plan to seek reelection. Before Richard M. Daley, there was his father, Richard J. Daley, also known as “the old man,” who controlled the city in much the similar fashion as the son has for 21 years, until his death which ushered in an interregnum until Chicago settled for his son less than two decades later.
But the floodgates have now opened up; politicians once retired emerged, congressmen threw their hats in, the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel resigned to come home and run, and then his tenant refused to surrender the house and threw his hat into the ring too. Then Rahm’s residency was challenged presenting a problem because Illinois state law says one must have resided in the state for the year prior to the election. A man who has taken on some of the most prominent national and international politicians and leaders is suddenly back in the parochial game of schoolyard-style Chicago politics.
The fact that Rahm did not have Chicago vehicle stickers this past year is a much discussed and much derided technicality that his objectors have leashed onto. (Everyone knows you have to buy your vehicle stickers. It is how they get you. Welcome home to Chicago, Rahm.) During an 11 hour questioning session in a Chicago Board of Elections basement conference room downtown yesterday, his objectors accused him of involvement in the destruction of the Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas, asked directly what he knows about bribery and blackmail and jokingly questioned if he was or ever has been a member of the communist party.
Despite the theatrics, Rahm Emanuel still has a commanding lead and is the only double digit candidate who would garner 32% of the vote if the election were held today, according to a Chicago Tribune poll released this morning. The other candidates: Gery Chico 9%, Danny Davis 9%, James Meeks 7%, Carol Moseley Braun 6%, Miguel del Vlle 3%, and Roland Burris 2%.
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Rahm Emanuel Testifies at Residency Hearing in Chicago 12.14.2010
Rahm Emanuel Opens South Side Chicago Office for Mayor Campaign 12.10.2010
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