Mayor Daley Retires, Liberals Take Aim at Rahm Emanuel by Gregory Hilton

Mayor Richard Daley (D-Chicago) announced his retirement earlier today. He will not be seeking re-election to a 7th term and the Daley era which began with his father’s 1956 victory is coming to an end. Also coming to an end is the excellent reputation the city once had. In half a century it has gone from “the city that works”, to a Worker’s Paradise as Mayor’s have continually caved into the demands of public employee unions. The first Mayor Daley was regarded as a conservative Democrat but now the city is as liberal as San Francisco and the decline is apparent. One example is the steep loss of convention business because of union wages and rules. The school system is not well regarded and the corruption is generations old.
One of the first reactions to the announcement today came from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee which is alarmed at the prospect of having White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as Mayor Daley’s replacement. The Committee wants the Democratic Party to move to the left, and they have sponsored TV ads attacking Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Max Baucus (D-MT) for being too conservative in their view. They issued a statement today blasting the White House Chief of Staff:
“Rahm is unfit to represent Democrats in office. He’s a cancer on the Democratic Party. Democrats’ current 2010 situation is due to a weak Rahm Emanuel mentality that says water down real reform at the urging of Republicans and corporations, thus making Democratic reform less popular with voters than the real deal would have been. If Democrats had passed the overwhelmingly-popular public option and broken up the big banks when they had the chance, they’d be cruising for a landslide victory right now.”
Emanuel was a senior West Wing aide in the Clinton administration and in Congress he rose to the number three leadership position, the Chairmanship of the House Democratic Caucus. In every position he has been known for his abrasive style. He was also a finance/accounting board member of Freddie Mac when the organization was falling apart and he never sounded any warning. It has also been noted that he may not be eligible to run because he rents out his Chicago home and might not meet the 12 month residency requirement.

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