Breakfast in America on Thursday, in Chicago, with WI’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, after Occupiers had recently been rounded up and mass arrested, with the approval of Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for exercising their First Amendment rights.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.
Emanuel trounced all opponents with 55 percent of the vote – a margin that allowed him to avoid an April runoff. He needed more than 50 percent to win outright.
It was the city’s first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates. Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 out of the last 56 years.
Emanuel called the victory “humbling” and said the outgoing mayor had “earned a special place in our hearts and our history.”
But he added: “We have not won anything until a kid can go to school thinking of their studies and not their safety. Until the parent of that child is thinking about their work and not where they are going to find work, we have not won anything.”
Reginald Bachus, the 51-year-old pastor of a West Side church who voted for Emanuel, said the next four years will be “a very critical time for Chicago.
“We really need a mayor who has vision. It’s my personal More…
The former White House chief of staff was thrown off the Feb. 22 ballot by an Illinois appellate court for not meeting a residency requirement because he hadn’t lived in Chicago for a year before the race. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor.
Emanuel lived for nearly two years in Washington working for President Barack Obama until he moved back to Chicago in October to run for mayor.
Emanuel, who has said he always intended to return to Chicago and was only living in Washington at the request of the president, had asked the Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court ruling. Within minutes of the ruling, Emanuel was at a downtown Chicago public transit station shaking hands with residents.
He never stopped campaigning as the controversy evolved. His spokesman said Emanuel was en route to the campaign appearance when he received word of the ruling and was scheduled to participate in televised debate Thursday evening.
In their appeal, Emanuel’s attorneys called Monday’s appeal court ruling “one of the most far-reaching election law rulings” ever issued in Illinois, not only because of its effect on the mayoral race but for “the unprecedented restriction” it puts on future candidates.
His lawyers raised several points, including that the appeals court applied a stricter definition of “residency” than the one used for voters. They say Illinois courts have never required candidates to be physically present in the state to seek office there.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court called the appeals court’s basis for deciding that Emanuel could not be on the ballot “without any foundation in Illinois law.” More…
UPDATE: A prominent Illinois election lawyer who asked to remain anonymous because of his many political clients in Chicago, told the Huffington Post that there may be hope for Emanuel yet.
The Illinois Supreme Court, he said, “would certainly give the Appellate Court respect but I wouldn’t say that they are constrained from reversing their decision.”
That said, Monday’s two-to-one ruling throwing Emanuel’s name off the Chicago mayoral ballot was a major legal set back that dramatically complicated the former White House chief of staff’s run for the post. Rather than seek a rehearing with the appellate court, the Illinois lawyer said he expected the Emanuel campaign to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court either Wednesday or as early as Tuesday. The Court will likely choose to take the case before the week was over.
“This is a matter of serious importance affecting essentially half of the state of Illinois just because of the population and impact of the economy,” the lawyer said. “So you can expect the Supreme Court will act very quickly. The parties will simply recycle their briefs responding to the appellate court opinion.”
The Chicago News Cooperative reported Monday morning that an Illinois Appellate Court overturned a decision regarding Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago residency. The court reportedly decided Emanuel is not eligible to run for mayor of Chicago because he has not been a resident of the city for one year. More…
Goodbye Rahm. Can’t say that I’m sorry to see you go. When you were head of the DCCC and I would get calls to contribute to that organization, I refused, because of you. When the President selected you as his Chief-of-Staff, I was not happy. You see Rham, I knew that you were a “blue dog” Democrat and I knew that your conservative values would not benefit the Democratic party during the 2008 campaign when you were head of the DCCC and when you were part of the Obama administration. Your right of center policies have been a disaster for our president and his base. So, with an anxious gesture I wave goodbye. You will not be missed.
Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday. NBC News has confirmed that Pete Rouse, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will be named as successor — likely on an interim basis.
It is still unclear who will take over the position permanently.
“The president will have a personnel announcement tomorrow,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a press conference Thursday. “We will save the specifics for then.”
Gibbs said the president has “complete loyalty and trust” in Rouse, though he wouldn’t confirm Rouse had been tapped for the interim post.
Two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement, told The Associated Press that he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday.
“He intends to run for mayor,” one of the people said.
Both people said they did not know when Emanuel would make an official announcement about his mayoral bid but that he would launch a website with a message to Chicago voters in the near future. Continue reading…
Some time in the next few days, Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff, looks almost certain to quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming mayor of Chicago.
Known as Rahmbo by friends and enemies alike and assigned the code name Black Hawk by the secret service, Mr Emanuel’s often capricious style of management has helped define Mr Obama’s rollercoaster ride in the White House during the past 20 months.
Mr Obama recently said Mr Emanuel would make an “excellent” mayor of Chicago. But if Democratic figures inside and outside the White House are to be believed, Mr Emanuel’s pugilistic approach may turn him into a scapegoat for much what has gone wrong, some of it fair, some not.
Actually, I couldn’t agree with the columnist more. From the onset, I was not happy with the POTUS’ choice for his Chief-of-Staff. Mr. Emanuel seemed a bit far right of President Obama on most legislative issues.
The author of the following article, Ari Berman makes the case for Mr. Emanuel to make a graceful exit:
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s announcement that he will not seek a seventh term has prompted widespread speculation that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will run as Daley’s successor. “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run,” a senior administration official told the Washington Post.
The sooner Rahm leaves Washington, the better for Barack Obama. His White House is desperately in need of a serious shakeup, especially with Democrats facing a tidal wave of losses in the midterms. Replacing Rahm is the best place to start.
I’ll never quite understand why a transformational candidate who ran under the banner of a new style of politics chose the ultimate old-school inside operator to control his administration. Rahm isn’t solely to blame for diluting Obama’s unique outsider brand, but he’s a major reason why. After all, in the Clinton White House and in Congress, Rahm was often at odds with the very grassroots activists who powered Obama’s presidential campaign. As head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in ‘06, he famously clashed with party chair Howard Dean and recruited conservative Blue Dog candidates at the expense of legitimate progressive challengers. Rahm brought his corporate centrism to the White House, pushing for a smaller-than-needed stimulus bill, urging Obama not to pursue healthcare reform, watering down the bill when he did and calling progressive activists who wanted to pressure obstructionist Democrats “fucking retarded.” He later apologized to Sarah Palin but not to the Democratic activists he insulted.
Rahm’s alleged biggest asset—his ties to Capitol Hill and intricate knowledge of Beltway politics—paid few dividends for Obama. The president’s legislative agenda has hit a brick wall in the Senate and the dysfunction of the Democratic Congress, which Emanuel has done little to tame, helps explain why voters are set to punish the party in power this November. “If picking the leading practitioner of the dark arts of the capital was a Faustian bargain for Obama in the name of getting things done, why haven’t things got done?” asked Peter Baker of the New York Times in a profile titled “The Limits of Rahmism.” In other words, if you sell your soul, you better get something good for it in return. Instead, Obama is facing the prospect of a Republican Congress and an uphill re-election bid. No wonder Rahm is so eager to get out of town.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff is warning about what might happen if Republicans — who have defended BP over the Gulf oil spill — were to run Congress after the fall election.
Rahm Emanuel says the GOP philosophy is to paint BP as the victim, pointing to Rep. Joe Barton’s apology to BP for what the congressman called a White House “shakedown.”
“That’s not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks. That is a philosophy. That is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here as BP, not the fishermen,” Emanuel said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Barton and Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, who recently called Obama’s criticism of BP “un-American,” are a reflection of the Republican party’s governing philosophy, Emanuel said. “They think that the government’s the problem.”
It would be “dangerous” if the GOP held power in Washington, Emanuel said.
“I think what Joe Barton did was remind the American people, in case they forgot, how the Republicans would govern.”
Emanuel says Obama will make clear to voters the fundamental differences in how each party would govern, focusing on energy policy, Wall Street reform and economic recovery.
Faced with the prospect of having his Congressional majorities teabagged this fall, President Obama took a page from the work of Mario Puzo.Under strict instructions from Obama’s consigliere, Rahm Emanuel, former President Clinton was dispatched to make Rep. Joe Sestak an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Meet the Press: White House Energy & Climate Adviser Carol Browner; Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ); : David Brooks (New York Times) and E.J. Dionne (Washington Post).
Face the Nation: White House Energy & Climate Adviser Carol Browner; Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA); BP Managing Director Bob Dudley; Environmental Scientist Edward Overton, PhD.
This Week: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); : George Will (Washington Post), Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Clarence Page (Chaicago Tribune) and Joan Walsh (Salon.com).
Fox News Sunday: BP Managing Director Bob Dudley; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D); Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA); Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; : Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Ceci Connolly (Washington Post), Psychopath Liz Cheney and Juan Williams (NPR/FNC).
State of the Union: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA); Sen. David Vitter (R-LA); : Fred Francis (Formerly of NBC News); American University Professor Jane Hall; Rome Hartman (BBC America); Toby Harnden (Daily Telegraph).