It's Personal Now
The Washington Post has said the feelings against Rahm have turned "personal:"
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut short a family vacation this past week and returned to a city in crisis: On the North Side, more than a dozen people stood outside his house, hurling insults. On the West Side, a close aide was punched and kicked while attending a prayer vigil for a police shooting victim. And all week long, there were protesters, haunting one of Emanuel’s biggest political donors, haranguing his police force, beating a papier-mâché likeness of his face at City Hall.
More than a month has passed since a judge forced Emanuel (D) and other city officials to release a graphic video of a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. But public anger over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014 has not dissipated. Instead, it has grown bitter and more personal.
- The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post.
Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor, a provision voters approved in 2010 after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and impeached. Now, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat, wants voters to also have the power to remove the mayor of the country's third-largest city.
In light of the unrest in the city, Ford said, "It's clearly the right thing to have on the books."
La Shawn "Seventeen Bank Fraud Counts, One Misdemeanor Plea" Ford is certainly playing this one to the hilt. It will be interesting to see if the entire Illinois Combine gets together to throw Rahm under the bus via a recall law. Once that hits the playing floor, we'll see how deep Rahm's troubles have spilled over to everyone else. Rahm should pretty much be finished as a national figure regardless.
Labels: state politics