Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Who's Next?

"Rahm Emanuel, 50, White House chief of staff
Senior strategist and chief fundraiser during Daley's first successful run for mayor in 1989, he caused a stir in an April television appearance when he announced 'One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago."

David Heinzmann, Todd Lightly and David Kidwell, "Many players in mix to replace Daley," Chicago Tribune, September 8, 2010.

But would he be good at the job? Emanuel's reputation as a hard hitter and political insider suggest that he might be a natural as Daley's successor. And he's certainly rubbed up against some people with good ideas about how to build and maintain 21st century cities. His biggest problem is that he's a bit of a political outsider, without much of a broad-based coalition and without having paid his political dues coming up through the local political scene. Maybe that would make him a fresh voice. Or maybe that would doom him to be dead in the water. Chicago needs of some fresh ideas, integrity, and political, governmental savvy -- a combo in short supply in the long line of wannabe mayors.

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