"He Sold Us Out"
- Chicago has seen its share of odd political bedfellows this election season. The trend has been a typical (if cynical) one for this city: past opponents of the mayor falling in line, helping to ward off any potential challenge to the machine.
In early February, Congressman Bobby Rush—previously a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in July slammed the mayor’s mass school closings while urging Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to mount a challenge—reversed course and endorsed Emanuel.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a prominent Republican, publicly voiced support for Emanuel in early March, with a dog-whistle warning that if the mayor isn’t re-elected, Chicago could end up like Detroit.
And over 70 union locals have come out in support of the mayor, despite his well-established anti-union record. UNITE HERE has even funded an ad campaign in which their members credit Rahm Emanuel and his “Rahm Love” for victories on the job, rather than their own dedicated work.
But perhaps the most striking case of political treachery in this election came on Saturday night, when former progressive alderman and mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti made a perfect about-face and endorsed Rahm Emanuel.
The Reader has been having fun with this and it certainly appears that Rahm bought off Fioretti with a promise to pay down (or off) Fioretti's campaign debt. It's certainly amazing how none of these stories have reached the ears of the mainstream media outlets, but it must be hot and tight around their ears when you're stuck in a certain mayoral orifice.