Archive for Rahm Emanuel

Nine Year Old Gives Beatdown To ChiTown Mayor Emanuel, Saves His School


Asean Johnson

For years preceding Obama's presidential first term, the man who was the power behind Barack Obama, the guy who wielded the big stick was Rahm Emanuel.  If there was a tough or dirty job that had to be done, you called on Rahm. He'd fall on his sword if need be to protect the once and future president. It was no surprise that when PBO was sworn in, his chief of staff, the man once again with the power, was the same Rahm Emanuel.

After a successful launch of the presidency (as successful as could be expected under the circumstances), Emanuel took his bat and ball and went home to stake out a larger personal power base -- the mayor's seat in his hometown Chicago. He wasn't a carpetbagger like Scott Brown moving from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. No, in this case, Rahm is a real Chicagoan.  And he had enough of Washington. He yearned to go back home to Chitown and toss his hat into the political arena there. As a native son, he knew the problems of the city and politics. He also knew where many of the bodies were buried -- even those that were still warm. He waltzed to a very large victory.

So it's no surprise that at the midway point of his first term, the Mayor would be feeling some heat. Even the best intentioned politician in the country's third largest city can't please all the people all the time. But who would have predicted his biggest, loudest and most outspoken opposition would come from a nine year old black boy from the ghetto? The issue that could bring down the mayor was going to be the closing of schools. Republicans take note. Here's a Democrat who wants to tamper with education and might very well lose his job. If the GOP insists on education cuts, this could happen to you.

The Grio:

With just hours until the fate of school closings is known in the third-largest district in the nation, students have joined their parents and teachers in protest and raised their voices in opposition to the mass shutter.

Heralded as the future mayor of Chicago in the year 2025, 9-year-old Asean Johnson, has spoken at school board meetings and hearings, and fired up a crowd of hundreds in a protest against school closings Monday that concluded three days of marches on the city’s South and West sides.

“I wanted to be there to support my school and for the other schools that are closing, because really, I think that no school should be closing,” he told the Grio.

If this kid, Asean Johnson is any indication of both the potential of students in this school district and the need to keep the Chicago schools open, it's never been more evident. Emanuel not only has a financial problem on his hands, he has a budding opposition candidate (Asean Johnson) for his political office when he becomes of legal age.

The largest criteria for closing the targeted schools is test performance. And Asean's school rates lower than the average. Yet look at the product of that test result driven policy. Because this boy's school doesn't make the test driven grade, students like him are going to be forced from their neighborhood and crowded into already burgeoning schools, risking safety and their home life.

Not surprisingly, after this public speech, his school has been spared. But there's still a major problem everywhere else that uses test scores as the main basis for keeping schools open. Maybe it's time to look at the way kids are taught and provide the proper funding to raise education levels. The answers are not is closing schools or raising test scores. It's in finding out how to motivate, cultivate and produce more Asean Johnson's in all of our neighborhoods.

Asean Johnson certainly put it succinctly to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

“We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight.”


Howard Dean is welcome at the White House


Well now, this is good news, not only because of what Taegan is reporting, but also because I get to put up that photo again:

Howard Dean tells Lloyd Grove that he's back in the good graces of the White House now that Rahm Emanuel no longer works there.

Said Dean: "Since Rahm left, I get over there a fair amount."

"As an Illinois congressman heading up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Emanuel clashed bitterly with Dean over allocation of resources. As White House chief of staff, Emanuel made sure to publicly humiliate Dean by banning him from the DNC announcement ceremony when Obama appointed Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as Dean's replacement."

Let us not forget that it was Howard Dean who created the winning 50-state strategy:

As chairman of the party, Dean created and employed the 50 State Strategy that attempted to make Democrats competitive in normally conservative states often dismissed in the past as "solid red." The success of the strategy became apparent after the 2006 midterm elections, where Democrats took back the House and picked up seats in the Senate from normally Republican states such as Missouri and Montana. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama used the 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy.


Quickie- Donald Trump Gave Big Donation to Rahm


A quickie but oh so worth it. 'Splain this Donald. Via Taegan.

Donald Trump gave Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel $50,000 just months before hinting he is seriously contemplating a Republican presidential bid in 2012, the Illinois Review reports.


Court Puts Rahm Emanuel Back on Ballot in Chicago Mayor's Race


Forgive the brevity of my posts today. I'm in the middle of editing a BLUNT tribute to Keith Olbermann, and barely have time to breathe. Hence, via an emailed New York Times news alert:

Rahm Emanuel's bid to become mayor of this city may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The decision appeared to bring an end to weeks of legal
debate over whether Mr. Emanuel qualified for the ballot,
specifically whether his time in Washington as President
Obama's chief of staff meant that he had given up his
residency status in Chicago, where he was born.

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BREAKING: Appellate court rules against Emanuel


Via CNN:

(CNN) Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago Monday by an Illinois appellate court panel, according to the Cook County Appellate Court's office.

The panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for the city's top office.

UPDATE via a NY Times email alert:

The decision is expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.


Bill Clinton to campaign for Emanuel in Chicago


Barring a dead girl or live boy, Rahm has this sewn up.

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago in January to campaign for mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

Before serving in President Barack Obama's White House and representing the North Side of Chicago in Congress, Emanuel worked in Clinton's administration as a senior adviser for policy and strategy.

Clinton is scheduled to headline a public event that highlights Emanuel's role in passing a crime bill that put 100,000 more cops on the street nationally.

The visit is expected to be Clinton's first in the new year and election cycle.


Chicago election board allows Rahm Emanuel to stay on ballot


Someone asked me yesterday if I thought that the Mighty Duck Congress accomplishing so much recently was due to the absence of one Rahm Emanuel's influence. What do you think?

Via Roll Call:

Former Rep. Rahm Emanuel won a key victory in his quest to get on the ballot for Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral race, with local officials ruling that he meets residency requirements needed for candidacy.

Emanuel spent most of the past two years in Washington as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. But over the past few weeks, Emanuel testified before election commissioners and showed photos of junk stored in his attic to prove he is a Chicagoan for life. The commissioners voted 3-0 Thursday to keep Emanuel on the ballot.

This will likely be appealed.

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners vote was 3-0.