Obama, Emanuel, and Daley
Two recent news items appear to have a connection.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says he’s going to step down at the end of his current term.
Flanked by his smiling wife Maggie, who has been battling cancer for years, and their children, Daley called the announcement “a personal decision, no more, no less,” and said he and his family now begin a “new phase of our lives.”
If he wanted, he could be “mayor-for-life”:
For all but 13 of the last 55 years, a Daley has ruled City Hall ….
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is letting it be known that he’s looking to be the next Chicago Mayor.
If he wanted, he could without question be Chief of Staff for the next 4 years.
There’s a plausible explanation for these events: Emanuel (among others) believes that Obama’s re-election is not assured, and needs a “graceful exit”. At the other end, it’s likely that somebody made Daley “an offer he couldn’t refuse”.
He was a senior adviser and top fundraiser for powerful Chicago Mayor Richard Daley,
The election will be held on February 22, 2011.