Rahm Emanuel, the Next Mayor of Chicago
Posted on Feb 23, 2011
President Obama’s former chief of staff will take his talents—and epithets—to Chi-town. Rahm Emanuel, who took so much money from the financial industry that David Sirota labeled him a “Financial Industry Cyborg,” scored an impressive victory in Chicago’s mayoral race, despite the fact that he moved back only when he decided to run.
He achieved what was once considered almost unthinkable, collecting a majority of support against five opponents in the first Chicago election without a sitting mayor on the ballot since 1947.
In a city with its share of racial divisions, Emanuel appealed to voters across those lines. He won the predominantly white wards of his former congressional district on the North and Northwest sides. And the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama also scored substantial margins in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
Daniel X. O'Neil (CC-BY)