Oakland News Now – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Will Not Seek Re-Election For A Third Term
Two-term Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election to a third term, he announced two hours ago. The former Congressman and Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, did a good job running the city, but allowed the ills of the tech / non-tech social divide to paint his administration. In particular, the murder of black teenage boys by Chicago Police was alarming, and many noted that the killing of Laquan McDonald, which is going to court, may have had something to do with his decision. His office was accused of hiding the video showing Laquan McDonald being shot by a Chicago Police Officer 15 times at point blank range.
Laquan McDonald. was not armed.
On a positive note, this blogger had a good acquaintanceship with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and going back to when he was Congressman. I met him at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and then reconnected with him again at the 2014 NFL Draft.
President Barack Obama, once his boss, had this to say in a statement:
As a mayor, a congressman, and my first White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel has been a tireless and brilliant public servant. His work to improve our schools is paying dividends by helping our teachers and students achieve faster academic improvement than students in 96 percent of America’s school districts. The announcement to establish universal pre-K in Chicago, on top of universal kindergarten, will give all our kids the best possible start. And his implementation of debt-free community college will help prepare all our young people for the new economy. With record job growth and record employment over his terms in office, Chicago is better and stronger for his leadership, and I was a better President for his wise counsel at a particularly perilous time for our country.
I’ve been blessed to call Rahm my friend. Whatever he chooses to do next, I know he’ll continue to make a positive difference, just as he has throughout his career in public service. And Michelle and I wish Rahm and Amy all the best as they consider this next phase in their lives.
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