Old Time Ward Boss Rips Rahm
We hadn't thought about Ed Kelly in years, but he had the measure of any number of Chicago politicians, seeing as how he slated them for office much of the time. He speaks to domestic abuser Steinberg on a number of subjects - growing up in Chicago, serving in WWII, Richard J, Jane, Harold. He doesn't criticize Shortshanks (maybe he only speaks of those who can't fire back?) but he saves his harshest criticism for Rahm:
- I feel sorry for Rahm, I really do. Rahm had no idea what he was getting into. Rahm’s not a Chicago guy. He’ll never be a Chicago guy. He’s not a street guy. He’s trying to be, but he’s not. He’s a suburbanite. He’s not a Chicagoan, he really isn’t. He’s smart, very smart. I think what he inherited is going to continue on, he’s going to find out more problems, money problems and things.
From a guy who not only knows where the political secrets are buried, but who probably helped rub them out, moved them in his trunk and dug the holes to bury them, this is a telling bit of insight. Rahm laughs it up in a follow-up interview:
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laughed off former Chicago Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly’s simple but pointed analysis for why the mayor is having trouble connecting with Chicago voters: because he’s a “suburbanite” who will “never be a Chicago guy.”
“My grandfather came to Chicago in 1917 fleeing the pogroms. My uncle was a police officer here in the city of Chicago representing the 17th District. My father had a practice here. I was a congressman from Chicago,” the mayor said, reciting his familiar family history.
“And the [Illinois] Supreme Court has even ruled on this decision.”
Ed Kelly got it right we think. The old Machine would have chewed Rahm up and spit him out. A smarmy arrogant carpetbagger like Rahm never would have been allowed near the levers of power in the old days.
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