Last night, White House of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announced his
interest in running to be Mayor of Chicago (video and quotes here
Emanuel has been the subject of gushing profiles in
the D.C. media
but is a controversial
figure among many liberals
who see him as pushing Obama to the
right. Can Emanuel, after years in Washington as a White House official
and congressman, go home to lead the "Hog butcher for the world
," the immortalized "City of the Big Shoulders"?
- So He'll Get It
Gawker's Jeff Neumann declares, "Rahm
Emanuel will one day rule Chicago." Why? "The White House chief of
staff says he will be mayor of Chicago eventually, because Rahmbo gets
what he wants every time."
- Yeah, If Daley Ever Retires
The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has his
doubts. "That's a big 'if' when it comes to Daley -- the iconic
mayor of Chicago who was been in office since 1989 and later this year
will break the record (held by Richard J. Daley, his father) for longest
tenure in the job." He weighs Daley's reelection prospects and finds
that, even with all the mayor's troubles, "it's clear from conversations
with a variety of Democrats with knowledge of Chicago politics that if
Daley runs, Daley wins."
- Rahm and Daley Go Way Back
Politics Daily's Lynn Sweet digs up the
history. "One of Emanuel's earliest jobs in politics was as a fundraiser
for the mayor, and Daley's political muscle was instrumental in Emanuel
winning a House seat in 2002." She adds that Emanuel has long played
down reports he sought the mayor's office, presumably not wanting to
appear to threaten Daley.
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