Mayor Rahm sabotages Bill Daley's run for governor

Posted by Ben Joravsky on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

From left: Bill Daley, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2005
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  • From left: Bill Daley, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2005
I open my morning Sun-Times—home delivered, as always—and what do I see? A creature crawled out of the Black Lagoon!

Daley makes another move toward gov run, the headline reads.

Inside, columnist Michael Sneed's got the inside dope from unnamed inside dopesters about Bill Daley commissioning a poll "to determine his viability in a race for governor of Illinois."

"We're hoping he'll run, but the polls will tell all," Sneed quotes "a top Dem source."

Meanwhile, one paragraph later, Sneed reports that Mayor Rahm, "who is this/close to Bill Daley," recently "called a heavy duty top Dem contributor asking if he'd be willing to contribute to a Daley gubernatorial run.

"The response: Sneed is told the answer was: 'No.'"

Translation: Tired of being a rich banker, Bill Daley wants to run for governor, but Mayor Rahm's doing whatever he can—including leaking poisonous stuff about Daley to gossip columnists—to sabotage that effort. While pretending he's Bill Daley's friend.

Hey, Daleys, I told you not to trust this guy.

Actually, Mayor Rahm and I may see eye to eye on this one.

I don't know why anyone would want another Daley to run for anything. We just got through 20-odd years of Richard Daley's reign as mayor only to be told that virtually everything Daley did—from schools to parking meters—has to be undone by the very people who cheered him on while he was doing it.

Presumably, the reason we need Bill Daley to be our governor is that he—like his brother—is the kind of politician who can get things done. Unlike Governor Quinn, who can't get anything done. Except for stymie Mayor Rahm's efforts to hand out millions of tax dollars to the Cubs. Don't wuss on that one, Governor, stay strong.

Of course, Mayor Rahm's main calling card is that he, too, is the kind of politician who can get things done. In retrospect that's pretty much the only credible reason I heard for voting for him. In contrast to voters saying he's President Obama's guy.

Admit it, west and south sides: you were duped!

By the way, have you ever noticed that the stuff done by pols, who can get things done, is stupid shit that no one wants in the first place? Like, oh, the NATO summit. While the stuff people want is stuff these get-things-done pols can't get done.

Like gay marriage.

Gay marriage is so mainstream that even the Tribune supports it. Yet it recently fell three votes shy of passage in the state senate. In part because one certain yes vote—state senator Jeff Schoenberg—was out of the country on a family vacation.

If you recall, Mayor Rahm had made gay marriage one his top legislative priorities. Heckuva job on getting it passed, Mayor Rahm.

Where was our legendary arm-twisting, finger-pointing, F-bomb-dropping, get-things-done mayor when we needed him? Probably worn out from getting the City Council to vote for the digital billboard deal.

Speaking of stupid shit that no one wants done.

Why not just switch it all up? Have Bill Daley run for mayor and let Mayor Rahm go back to being a rich banker. He rules like one anyway.

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This is now getting beyond absurd. You are blaming Emanuel because the state legislature didn't pass a bill on a social issue. Not the city council, the state legislature. Aye.

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Posted by The original IAC on 01/09/2013 at 2:42 PM

first one up as usual, IAC? nothing better to do, or is that perhaps your job?

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Posted by jjt on 01/09/2013 at 3:01 PM

"This is now getting beyond absurd. You are blaming Emanuel because the state legislature didn't pass a bill on a social issue."

Indeed. While the mayor of Chicago certainly has great state power in general, it seems to me the larger blame, tactically for this specific bill, is that the main supporter or supporters of this (in my view, very much needed) bill failed to get their ducks into a row--you know, do politics well. Everyone else trails. I trust someone like Rich Miller a lot more on these matters than our own Benny J.

But hey, Ben has his white whale much like Kass had that fake-Irish munchkin prick who sold the parking meters, right?

Gotta love ideology and a writer's adoration for his own voice. So much more heft than factual analysis.

(Guess what, jjt: Rahm just paid me $10 to type all that out. Jealous you don't earn such easy money? Yeah, thought so.)

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Posted by Uh, yeah on 01/09/2013 at 3:38 PM

"Translation: Tired of being a rich banker, Bill Daley wants to run for governor, but Mayor Rahm's doing whatever he can—including leaking poisonous stuff about Daley to gossip columnists—to sabotage that effort. While pretending he's Bill Daley's friend."

Translation: Sneed throws this tip against the barn door at least once a year to see if it will stick. Maybe this is the year.

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Posted by Uh, yeah on 01/09/2013 at 3:48 PM

"Gotta love ideology and a writer's adoration for his own voice."

It's like you're looking a mirror! Crazy!

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Posted by uh, no on 01/09/2013 at 4:11 PM

"It's like you're looking a mirror! Crazy!"

Well, my reflection off my computer screen.

Thanks for noticing .. and, uh, the insight offered.

I love you.

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Posted by Uh, yeah on 01/09/2013 at 4:19 PM

It's true then. money makes the monkey dance.

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Posted by jjt on 01/09/2013 at 5:34 PM

Jjt,

I am very rarely the first person to comment. Would you like to go back and give any other examples which caused you to say "as usual"? That's what I thought.

"It's true then. money makes the monkey dance."

Needless to say, uh,yeah, was being sarcastic with the comment about the $10. I assume that's what you are referring to.

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Posted by The original IAC on 01/09/2013 at 6:14 PM

IAC, the Daly's run Chicago's political machine hands down. The Mayor is just posturing to the media as always; who wants a weak and silent leader?

If Bill Daly truely wants the Gov's spot, he's going to get it.

But it is interesting to note that B. Daly seems to always be on the heals of Mayor Rhamm, all the time.

Any suggestions why this might be?

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Posted by bill on 01/09/2013 at 10:53 PM

"If Bill Daly truely wants the Gov's spot, he's going to get it."

Perhaps. Maybe. Potentially. I mean, I wouldn't bet against it, given the corporate backing/money that he would certainly attract.

But you realize Sneed reports this nearly every year, right?

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Posted by Uh, yeah on 01/10/2013 at 8:39 AM

"It's true then. money makes the monkey dance."

I'm afraid I don't dance all that well, but I do a respectable imitation of the robot, assuming I've ingested enough, uh, monkey juice.

(Just earned $3 for that response, by the way. Life is good.)

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Posted by Uh, yeah on 01/10/2013 at 9:34 AM

Pols do seem like immobile dinosaurs on big stuff, from global warming to pensions, while cramming thru crap that few or no one asked for, like redlight cameras and giant TV screen ads on highways.

But Springfield's inaction on gay marriage is not Rahm's bad. The premise, that gay marriage has overwhelming popular support -- just because it now has begrudging acceptance of a majority of the Trib ed board -- is wrong.

In 1998 how many states banned gay marriage? 0. In 2002? 2. How many now? 30. 30! 2 to thirty in a decade. How is 3/5 of all states going anti-gay-marriage in the last 10 years (while only a couple went the opposite via legislation) a gay marriage trend? How does that make gay marriage overwhelmingly "mainstream"? All the urban liberal columnists crowing "inevitable" need to get out more into the America beyond the hipster bars.

Popular support fluctuates and has just recently tipped over half in polls, so it may happen yet, but polls don't vote, and for very, very few voters will gay marriage be the single-issue kind of vote that gets a pol to support it. Plus, LGBT voters are concentrated in a very few legislative districts. There is almost zero penalty for most legislators to oppose it, because in most districts, if it's a single-issue vote for anyone, it's probably for opponents.

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Posted by kahntrarian on 01/10/2013 at 1:56 PM

Bill Daley is incompetent in just about everything he does, e.g. his tenure as SBC's president, his short stint in the Obama White House, and Al Gore's presidential campaign chairman. And now he wants to be governor????

Seriously, if Rahm keeps him out of the race, that'll be one of few worthwhile things he'd accomplish.

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Posted by ReaderReader on 01/12/2013 at 3:15 PM
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