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Rahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago

By Raw Story
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:21 EDT
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Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected as mayor of Chicago on Tuesday.

Emanuel, who will be succeeding the retiring Richard Daley, won over fifty percent of the vote with 86 percent of the precincts reporting.

The famously foul-mouthed Emanuel, 51, has been the clear front-runner in the race to run America’s third-largest city ever since he resigned as White House chief of staff and moved back to Chicago in October.

His lead in the polls grew even as opponents dropped out of the once-crowded race to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley, who has governed the Windy City for more than 22 years.

And so, in a move characteristic of rough and tumble Chicago politics, opponents tried to cut him off in the courts, saying he had abandoned his Chicago residency when he moved his family to Washington to work for Obama.

The challenge added ample drama to the otherwise pre-ordained race.

First, there was Emanuel’s tenant, who refused to be bought out of his lease so Emanuel could move back into his northside home and then briefly entered the mayoral race himself.

Then there were the circus-like hearings in a cramped county hearing room with faulty microphones, where “citizen objectors” ridiculed the multi-millionaire for renting his home out in the first place.

It was a world away from the formality of the White House, but Emanuel proved to have a deep well of patience as he calmly answered the often bizarre questions and took every opportunity to prove his deep roots in the Windy City.

Emanuel, who was born in Chicago and served a slice of the city for years in the US House of Representatives, triumphed over objectors at the city’s elections board and again at the county court.

Then, in a move that stunned Chicago, an appeals court ordered him off the ballot in a widely-criticized 2-1 ruling just days before early voting was set to begin last month.

Nearly 300,000 ballots had been printed without Emanuel’s name when the state’s top court issued an emergency stay, forcing city officials to tell printers to “stop the presses” and go back to the original proofs.

The Illinois Supreme Court handed him a decisive victory in a unanimous ruling two days later, and Emanuel had Chicago firmly in his grasp.

The polls opened Tuesday at 6:00 am (1200 GMT), with officials expecting a lower-than-average turnout of just over 50 percent, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The shrewd politico, whose uncompromising style earned him the nickname “Rahmbo,” is expected to replicate Daley’s iron-fisted tactics and focus on maintaining Chicago’s reputation as “the city that works.”

“Chicagoans feel Chicago is a difficult city to rule,” said Ken Janda, professor emeritus of political science at Northwestern University.

“You’ve got to be a guy who says no. And Emanuel is seen to be a guy who is tough and can say no.”

A poll released last week showed Emanuel with 58 percent of the vote — more than enough to get the majority needed to avoid an April 5 runoff between the top two candidates.

Emanuel was also favored because he has such high-profile support. Obama — who remains wildly popular in his adoptive hometown of Chicago — gave Rahm a glowing endorsement.

With AFP.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    just glad I don’t live in Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    Will he make the people from the south side move from the west bank. Ooops, I forgot where we were for a moment. Will the Star of David be placed on city cars?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USTC5E6P4FBMQRHXC2DBD2TOJE Jim C

    You’ve got to be kidding , The people of Chicago are really going to vote in that sleazy , corrupt little weasel in as mayor ? They must have lost their collective mind , just one more sign this country is losing its grip .

  • Anonymous

    Rahm doesn’t live there either.

  • Anonymous

    We do not need a Little Ceasar from the Obuma administration in Chicago. I hope the people of Chicago have smartened up since the Presidential election.

  • Anonymous

    connections…..chicago politics at it’s finest.
    how do you think a little known black senator got elected president?

  • Anonymous

    no jew jokes please…rahm is sleazy, but it’s not cause he’s a jew.
    but i do agree that he needs to pick a country.

  • Anonymous

    Why, why, why, do you get zionists mixed up with the Jewish people. They stole the Star of David and use it for their NASCAR icon. Think.

  • Anonymous

    Why did Humphrey get chosen instead of Eugene McCarthy to run against nixon?

  • http://theelvesattic.blogspot.com JOHN SCOTT RIDGWAY

    I asked my alderman who he was voting for the other day when he was out stumping in Roger’s Park, and Joe Moore, a good man, would not give any opinion. They know Rahm will win and are afraid to voice their opinions. Everyone is terrified of being this man’s enemy. That is NOT THE KIND OF MAYOR THAT I WANT. Rahm will win, of course… I just hope that he can grow into the kind of politician who is respected, instead of feared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Verite-Laide-lImbecile/100000472938032 Vérité Laide l’Imbécile

    CIA

  • Anonymous

    Yeah , I know the slimy little puke has connections . But I think what this once again really shows is the lack of synaptic connections the average voter has . I mean really , first you have the Citizens United ruling , it’s obvious to anyone paying the least attention corporations are going to flood the airwaves with deceptive advertising . So what happens , they do just that and the vacuous public falls for it hook line and sinker anyway . Now , you have this little jerk who spent his time as chief of staff busily working against the public interest making back room deals to keep his corporate buddies happy getting voted in as mayor of Chicago . Jesus , it’s starting to get a bit spooky , the average American doesn’t seem to have the critical thinking ability of a turnip .

  • Anonymous

    Money bought him the mayorship. Democracy has been turned into a circus farce in this country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    denny, that might one of his first duties as mayor. Since the policy force has worn the flag on THEIR uniforms for quite some time. That star of david has been on many agencies and pinned on many a sheritt´s shirts as seen in many movies. And most americans still can not see the significants nor the warning..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    What do you mean, “no jew jokes please” do you have any idea of what´s going on in THIS country? and “rahm is sleazt, but it´s not cause he´s a jew”…Rewind the story of rahm emmanuel. you just might be surprised.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    He is an “acitve” zionist!

  • Elim

    Is this election being stolen for him, or all Chicagoans that stupid, that they would elect this crooked, Israeli loyalist their mayor?

  • Anonymous

    The local Chicago media already picked Rahm for us. Nobody likes him but we don’t have a choice, they will make him mayor anyway. So I know Israel will always be first for Rahm but does that make Chicago second now?

  • Anonymous

    I dont, I’m a jew and anti-zoinist.

  • Anonymous

    so are you saying all jews are like rahm? or rahm is like all jews?

  • Anonymous

    It’s going to be white knuckle here today hoping all this press about Rahm’s 58% “lead” being manufactured by the two bankrupt local papers he probably bought off with money he raised in Hollywood, not from Chicago.

    His name and face are plastered everywhere here and his ads are popping up in my browser at every God damned site related to news and politics I open. He’s buying himself a lifelong position as king of Chicago with media saturation and will be Daley on steroids. Washington’s gain will be Chicago’s loss if he win’s today…

  • Anonymous

    Read this to get a sense of how Chicagoans vote. It seems most want a dictatorial and uncompromising hand. I’m hoping times have changed and more see through the thuggery Rahm engages in to vote for Chico or DelValle (not Carole Mostly Broke…)

    “If Daley sometimes abused his power, it didn’t offend most Chicagoans.The people who came here in Daley’s lifetime were accustomed to someone wielding power like a club, be it a czar, emperor, king or rural sheriff. The niceties of the democratic process weren’t part of the immigrant experience. So if the Machine muscle offended some, it seemed like old times to many more.”

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicago-Aint-Ready-For-Democracy-115640024.html

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Chicago rejects AIPAC control
    Illinois rejects AIPAC control
    US rejects AIPAC control

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    anti-Semite!!!…

  • Anonymous

    Shhhhh!

  • Anonymous

    If you are from New York, then you know Lynn Samuel’s from the radio: WABC, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Capo’s?

  • Anonymous

    If you saw who he is running against you would know why he is going to win. Combine that with all the corporate america money he is getting, it’s not really much of a contest.

  • Anonymous

    Not even close, 2nd is corporate america. Third is non-corporate donors. Fourth is anyone who will freely kiss his ass and then fifth is chicago.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EKTMZWPUVVU4CBKH4HWPKPVNCY cal5000

    The other guy picked a retard as his running mate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EKTMZWPUVVU4CBKH4HWPKPVNCY cal5000

    Youre kidding right? Compared to the Daley’s Rahm is nothing special or all that scary.

  • Anonymous

    Who really cares?

  • Anonymous

    Another crook as mayor of Chicago, but also a Zionist. No change!

  • Anonymous

    Yep, American’s are that stupid. The results coming in now, show that ass is way ahead.

  • Anonymous

    Not hardly.

  • Mein Furor

    I try not to be prejudiced by someone’s appearance, but there are some people you look at and just know they are intrinsically dishonest or corrupt or dishonest or self-serving or dishonest or evil or dishonest. Well, I’m one of those people and so is Rahm Emanuel.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Nothing but the best that money can buy for this boy.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I bet you wouldn’t say that if you saw him in his pink tutu and slippers and practicing his pliés.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Wow, what a shocker. The leftwing son of a terrorist takes over Chicago. I am sure things will get better there quickly.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    So that would be the reason why they elected, right? Well, provided he was elected.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    He bought himself the right to run for the race when he didn’t have any so he probably rigged that election too. One goes with the other.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone want office space in the Sears Tower ?
    Cheap ?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Who’s he running against, Mikhail Baryshnikov?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Chicagoans still remember the days when Al Capone ran the show.

  • hourglass1

    the masses is asses bro …
    anyone paying attention knows rahm is a riche winger with an ass lapel button …
    but hollywood money? for rahm? … you mean adam sandler, bruce willis and that idiot baldwin brother?

  • Anonymous

    Well, you’ll regret that Chicago. Are you drinking that green water?

    There will be plenty of good crises’ that won’t go to waste now.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Bloomberg ain’t much better either.

  • Anonymous

    I bet he would. He’d remember the time Rahm served in the Israeli – not American – Army.
    What a joke the US has become.

  • Jaimie11

    Proof the Neocon agenda grew out of the left/liberal desire to give democracy to the entire world, one country at a time even if they don’t want it. All neatly developed and packaged at the University of Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    A non-Chicago resident wins? LOL #rigged

  • Anonymous

    Just happy Rahm is out of DC and off the national stage.

  • Mein Furor

    Yes, the devil has a large wardrobe.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The ballerina soldier. How quaint! I’m willing to bet he’s gay too. Just you wait till he establishes his dictatorship in Chicago and becomes comfortable. He’ll be flying in boy toys from Israel like Jim McGreevy.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I’m dead serious. He was a ballet dancer.

    http://www.texemarrs.com/images/rahm_ballet_02.jpg

  • Brimstone Hill

    ……….”she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Emanuel, for he will save his people from their sins”……..
    Bwa Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
    Sure he will………..

  • parrots_abound

    Rahm Emanuel and his Mayoral Election = Inside Job

  • Anonymous

    His brother Ari threw some big fundraisers for him in Hollywood that gave him a lot of cash to come spend buying Chicago tonight. You’d think if Chicagoans had wanted him he could have raised the money here. It’s a dark day for Chicago now that this thug has been elected king of Chicago for life.

  • RottenJohnny

    The notable alumni of the University of Chicago contains quite a few names of those who have done this country proud:

    http://www.uchicago.edu/alumni/notable/

    Blaming the individual, for whatever you consider wrong, is just a bit more truthful than blaming a whole University, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, there won’t be any Democratic Conventions coming there in the future.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    He’s not anti-semite, he’s anti-semantics.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I’d like to congratulate the City of Chicago on this occasion for the election of their new Republican mayor.

  • Anonymous

    WTF? 1. Rahm is no liberal, neither is Obomber 2. The neo-cons did not need any liberal ‘good intentions’ to do anything… 3. ‘Univ of Chicago’ philosophy is not liberal, it’s extremely evil libertarian/conservative disaster capitalism. Please read the book by Niaomi Klein, Freedman was totally wrong and a tool of elitist corruptors.

  • Anonymous

    Now the path has truly been cleared for the cleansing of Chicago’s notoriously dirty politics.
    /sarcasm

  • Jaimie11

    Why don’t you read deeper into a little history. Google neoconservative for a mindblower. Just because you know what ‘s been going on for ten years or twenty it does not follow that what you know is how it was 50 years ago, or 70 years ago. Go deeper. Explore the roots – be better informed.

    What you have in the Dems who act like vultures is the lib faction of neoconlib politics.

  • Anonymous

    This is probably the most obviously rigged election ever. Ever since George W. Bush.

  • Anonymous

    Reading onto the Huffington Post which celebrates this man clearly gives away, that HP’s purpose was to gather up all those, who didn’t agree with the Bush regime and mislead them into some Hollywoodish spam site, which only criticizes one side, when the blame falls on a much wider scale and knows no parties. HP essentially is a junk site, with nothing but a ‘feel-good” douchebag approach to everything and mostly just steals news from journalists and bloggers and dips it into a “dancing with the stars”- kinda soft creamy pudding, with saliva dripping off from the side.

  • http://twitter.com/VaginaHedgeFund Lloyd Blankfein

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of voters.

    Bend over citizens of Shitcago.

  • Tio Holtzman

    I’m certain the results of this election are completely legit…..

  • Anonymous

    ok, but you didn’t respond to any of my points. agree, I don’t like neo-libs, and ‘liberal’ as in ‘love me I’m a liberal’ has bad connotations, so I stand corrected, so maybe rahm and obomber are liberals, but can I say they are not dems or not progressives?

  • Anonymous

    That’s cool but it’s too late to be anti zionist. It’s like being anti Slovakia because some old Checkoslovakians were hurt. Or being anti UK in Scotland. History happens. Place blame but move on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Weird.

  • Anonymous

    Chicago = dumb.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Oh joy… the Zionist pigs dig their claws deeper into the US.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Jokes? It’s just the truth. Too bad there are so many idiots like you that have been brainwashed by the Zionist controlled media to defend their degenerate behavior.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Well, at least the dead ones voted for him…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Zionist Occupied Territory

  • Anonymous

    Election Fraud is rampant in the US. Was Rham using the same Diebold machines that gave Bush Ohio or just the software..

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Emanuel served in the Israeli defense forces but never under an American uniform, He is the son of an Israeli terrorist, this is the perfect qualification for public office?. The sheer arrogance is amazing

  • Anonymous

    I kind of like the guy. What’s he done to deserve all the vitriol? So he was a ballet dancing Israeli soldier at one time. BFD!! And he’s abrasive. He’s opinionated. I’ll take him over Jim Demint any day. I guess my bar is set really, really low.

  • Anonymous

    Emanuel is up to his neck in the Blago Senate buy too. Wait until the retrial and he gets called to the stand.

    I can’t wait now. I hope it drags O’bama in feet first too and I have pretty high confidence it will.

  • Anonymous

    bigot.

  • Anonymous

    To paraphrase Rahm, “Chicago residents that voted for me are F***ing retarded!”

  • Anonymous

    Are you suggesting that the Illinois Supreme Court was PRESSURED/THREATENED into reversing the appellate court decision that Rahm wasn’t a Chicago resident?

  • enorceht

    this ain’t news … you could have written this headline the day rahmbo announced he was running for mayor, and from the way i hear it, he got 55% of the vote from the 40% turnout which makes about 22% of chicagoans (the machine) voted for him … i did not vote for him nor do i want him for mayor

  • enorceht

    i don’t think it will be the star of david, i’m putting my money on the short middle finger salute, over a wonderful script font of “FU”

  • enorceht

    and he still would have won by 55% of nobody’s vote to avoid a run off vote

  • Anonymous

    An astounding piece of garbage.

  • Anonymous

    Asshole

  • Anonymous

    Rahm will do exactly what his corporate/Zionist/Wall street Puppet Masters tell him to do. More services and public assets privatized and more repression and surveillance. All for greater profits for the elite who are impoverishing America and destroying democratic rule.

    The Fascist corporate hijacking of America is just about complete. It will be defended to the death by the surveillance police state that Obama is actively erecting. There is no way that meaningful political change can now occur through the electoral process. The game is over.

    Rahm, Obama and former governor Rod Blagojevich are tied to convicted felon Tony Rezko. A cesspool of Mafioso style criminality…

  • Balthazars Rebellion

    As soon as the word got out that he left his WH job for a run at Mayor of Chicago, it was pretty much understood that he WOULD be mayor of Chicago whether by majority or not. Rahm is in the Zionist pipeline that will take him to just about any office he desires as long as he keeps his masters/Israel happy.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I’m talking about. During the last trial Blago was going to call Emanuel to the stand as a witness and would have shown that they knew there was a deal in the works to sell the Senate seat. Obama knew about it, Emanuel knew about it, and they were in “covert” negotiations.

    Being Blago rested without putting on defense case, none of this came out. It will in his retrial though and it will go all the way up to Rezko and the crooked sweetheart deal he gave Obama.

    Why do you think Obama had a representative sitting there every day in the courthouse during Blago’s last trial? They were sweating and the quicksand was being surveyed.

    Let’s get that retrial party started !!

  • Anonymous

    I wish I shared your optimism that the truth will out. The Supreme Court of Illinois was clearly politically pressured/threatened into reversing the appellate court decision on Rahm’s non-residency. There are some very powerful forces beyond Obama et al that want this all to disappear down the memory hole….

    Cornered animals are doubly dangerous.

  • Jaimie11

    Look up Leo Strauss and neoconservatism. Professor of poly sci at Chicago.

  • Jaimie11

    Eh, they’re all rigged, every one of them that matter.

  • Jaimie11

    w00t, the votes were counted by the people who matter. Wouldn’t have mattered how the people voted.

  • Jaimie11

    Wasn’t blaming the whole school – thought people knew the roots of the neocons were there and would do a little research. You know about Leo Strauss I presume?

    Philip Glass is a graduate – he’s a particular favorite of mine – he didn’t do poly sci though – he did philosophy and mathematics.

  • RottenJohnny

    And you have what proof of that, should it really make any difference? The list of respected alumni is so varied as to put that to rest. The political spectrum graduating from the university kind of refutes what you suggest, as it spans from the far right to the far left.

  • Jaimie11

    Proof of what?

    The political spectrum of the neocons is narrow and born and bred at chicago under strauss. Look it up yourself. The fact of that does not make all other facts untrue.

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