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Rahm Emanuel IS the next Mayor of Chicago…Gets 54.9% with 93% counted!…DSD Update…55%/98% counted…

There will be NO run-off….

The runner up Gery Chico has conceded…..

Rahm Emanuel watched election results with his family in Chicago.

(John Gress/Getty Images)

From the Chicago Tribune….

Runner-up Gery Chico tonight called Rahm Emauel to acknowledge Emanuel’s lead is insurmountable and he will be Chicago’s next mayor.

 

“We’ve elected a mayor tonight,” Chico told supporters. “I want with all of my heart for Rahm Emanuel to be successful as mayor. We need that, ladies and gentlemen.”

While Emanuel has yet to declare victory, he was well above the 50 percent benchmark he needed to avoid a runoff election.

With 92 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.4 percent for Gery Chico.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent.

Braun conceded defeat, saying she didn’t know whether there’d be a runoff.

“I believe that hope flames eternal,” she told supporters. “We will continue to try to inspire people, to get them engaged in government….I wish the victor in this race all the success in the taking of the reins of government.”

Emanuel is holding his election night party at a Near West Side union hall. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” played in the background as early election results came in.

A small crowd cheered as returns showed Emanuel over 50 percent and leading competitors with a wide margin…..

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Emanuel 301,207 votes 54.9% Moseley Braun 48,092 votes 8.8%
Chico 133,690 votes 24.4% Van Pelt Watkins 8,842 votes 1.6%
del Valle 51,533 votes 9.4% Walls 4,873 votes 0.9%

Results with 93% of vote counted….(source Chiacgo Tribune)

Note….Scott P is the closest with 55%….followed by Dog with 53%…Good job Scott!

Mosley Braun comes in fourth……

Update…..

AP results after 98% counted, from The Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor

February 22, 2011 – 10:07PM CT
2522 of 2570 Precincts Reporting – 98%

Emanuel , Rahm 317,329 55%
Chico , Gery 138,864 24%
del Valle , Miguel 53,717 9%
Moseley Braun , Carol 50,974 9%
Van Pelt Watkins , Patricia 9,358 2%
Walls , William 5,142 1%

City Clerk

February 22, 2011 – 10:07PM CT
2522 of 2570 Precincts Reporting – 98%

Mendoza , Susana 318,049 60%
Horton , Patricia 211,038 40%

Thanks DSD….

UPDATE….SCOTT P NAILED IT…..HOT DAMN!

This from Politicaldog101

February 23, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

The Chicago Mayoral Election is Tuesday….

How much does Rahm Emanuel win by?

Can he top 50% for no run-off?

Rahm Emanuel , Amy Rule,  Zacharias, Ilans, Leah

Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel walks with his wife Amy Rule, center left, and his children Zacharias, right, Ilans, top left, and Leah, bottom left, after his speech at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
(BY: AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH)

In the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, the city’s mayoral hopefuls criss-crossed Chicago’s neighborhoods to encourage voter turnout and make their case for the job.

Rahm Emanuel worked at getting out the vote on the South Side and at Plumbers Local 130, the first union to back his candidacy.

At the union hall, the former White House chief of staff talked about education and again said tough choices will need to be made in the city budget “by all us residents; that’s a big word for me,” referring to the residency challenge he faced.

Later, he stopped by his Hyde Park campaign office, where reporters asked him about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP state lawmakers who have triggered mass protests over a move to strip union protections from government workers.

“I think what the governor there is doing is not just fiscal but a political agenda. . . . I would totally reject the approach the governor of Wisconsin has taken,” he said, while cautioning the city would have to “live within our means.”…..

More…..

This from Politicaldog101…..

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Rahm Emanuel Works Chicago’s Tribes on Day One of ‘Listening Tour’…..

One day you’re listening to the America and the World’s troubles…the next week it’s Chicago’s….

Chicago’s tribal politics break along ethnic, racial, religious, economic, geographic and even sexual-orientation lines, and mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel spent his first day of campaigning in the city on Monday targeting these various groups as he kicked off what he has termed his “listening tour.”

At “L” stops, stores and community centers, mobbed by local and national reporters, Emanuel started his day at 7:30 a.m., hitting pockets of African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Jews, gays, white ethnics, Indian-Americans, Pakistani-Americans, Irish-Americans — groups he’ll need to survive the Feb. 22 primary and win the April 5 general election.

Emanuel quit his White House chief of staff job on Friday, after President Barack Obama gave him a grand East Room send-off, and arrived back in Chicago on Sunday. He posted his announcement video on his new website and hit the streets on Monday and will continue his “Tell it Like it Is” tour on Tuesday……..More.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Sestak….On many fronts…..and……..Bill Clinton is back…..

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa. was not interested in the job Bill Clinton had to offer.

Whew EEEeeeeee!

Joe Sestak is back with a BANG!

They guy runs his mouth complaining about business as usual…..

Giving the media a bite…

The clams up….

Now has to sing his song…..

Point of Fact……Politicians get offered shit all the time…

Ask Steve Israel in New York…who dropped out running against Kirsten Gillibrand…..

On top of this he WON the Seat!

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) confirmed on the steps of the Capitol on Friday that former President Bill Clinton did call him last summer about a “presidential board” appointment if he didn’t jump into the Senate Democratic primary versus new Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.).

Sestak told reporters that had not previously brought up Clinton’s involvement when alleging that he was offered a job by the White House because he “honestly didn’t feel that it was right” to bring the former president into it.

“President Clinton had called me last summer” at the urging of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sestak said. “I just didn’t feel it was right for me to talk about that conversation.”

“During the conversation he talked about how tough the primary might be if I got in,” Sestak said, adding that Clinton had told the retired vice admiral that his military background could be of use.

“I almost interrupted the president and said I am going to decide to get in this or not depending only on what’s good for Pennsylvania working famlies, not on an offer,” the congressman said, later gesturing toward the Senate and declaring, “I’m hoping to go right over there and work very well with people.”


Oh, yea….

Joe Sestak is now running ahead of Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race….

Guess they all know who he is in that state, Huh?


A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in Pennsylvania finds Rep. Joe Sestak (D) leading Pat Toomey (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 40%.

A similar poll earlier this month had Toomey leading by five points.

Meanwhile, The Fix tries to argue that the controversy about Sestak being offered a job to leave his Senate primary was a “momentum killer.”

Chris…….. I’ll betcha your wrong buddy…..If I win you gotta list the Dog on your site….If I lose…Well…….He, he, he…You’re already listed on my site!

Last but not least…..

William Jefferson Clinton never really left the Spot light…Did he?

He gets a play in this and……

A composite image of Bill Clinton and President Obama. | AP Photo

[ Bill Clinton is a fixture on cable news, Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor. It feels like 1997—but it’s 2010. And Barack Obama can’t be happy. ]

Bill Clinton’s picture is again a fixture on cable news.

Republicans are sternly demanding a special prosecutor.

And legal commentators are bickering over the finer points of federal criminal statutes on bribery and graft.

It feels like 1997—but it’s 2010. And Barack Obama can’t be happy.

The White House’s confirmation Friday that it enlisted former President Bill Clinton in an effort to get Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary has sent the regular players in Washington’s scandal industry to their battle stations – to pick over the very sort of insider special dealing that Obama had promised to make a thing of the past.

“That’s not the image he wants to project right now with all the things that are going on,” said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University professor who has written at length on the Clinton-era scandals.

The use of Clinton as the conduit to offer Sestak an advisory board position is like catnip for cable television and for Republicans who have plenty of experience painting the former president as ethically challenged.

Prediction.…..If the Sestak story has legs…..don’t stand too close to Rahm Emuanel…..He’s the one they are going to reach for and throw under the bus…..You heard it here first……President’s don’t get thrown…They have Secret Service protection….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 13 Comments

The White House will not get involved in Obama's old Senate seat…..

The Dog has been preaching here that Obama would help his old basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias gain his old seat..since Roland Burris isn’t going to hang around……

That went out the window this week….

With Giannoulias’s family Bank being closed by the FDIC…..all bets are off…….

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the White House last week that the Democratic nominee for the president's old Senate seat could use some serious presidential intervention.

In addition…..when Dick Durbin…the senior senator from Illinois went to the White House to ask fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel if the President would help…

He got no answer……

Not good……

Daniel’s been itching for more Senate seats……

He might have found one…..

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

But he didn’t leave with any ironclad commitments.

Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias could use some serious presidential intervention in his uphill race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

Durbin said Emanuel was sympathetic to his pleas but ultimately noncommittal, telling him that the White House was “considering the race, weighing their options and weighing a decision on what to do.”

Emanuel, a former congressman from Chicago, tried but failed last year to get Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan into the race. Now, he told Durbin, it’s up to Giannoulias to prove his campaign has enough “viability and strength” to warrant Obama’s involvement.

The White House declined to comment on Durbin’s conversation with Emanuel. But an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the White House harbors deep concerns that Giannoulias’s campaign will implode if the family business, the financially strapped Broadway Bank, collapses as many analysts anticipate.
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April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 12 Comments

The White House will not get involved in Obama’s old Senate seat…..

The Dog has been preaching here that Obama would help his old basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias gain his old seat..since Roland Burris isn’t going to hang around……

That went out the window this week….

With Giannoulias’s family Bank being closed by the FDIC…..all bets are off…….

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the White House last week that the Democratic nominee for the president's old Senate seat could use some serious presidential intervention.

In addition…..when Dick Durbin…the senior senator from Illinois went to the White House to ask fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel if the President would help…

He got no answer……

Not good……

Daniel’s been itching for more Senate seats……

He might have found one…..

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

But he didn’t leave with any ironclad commitments.

Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias could use some serious presidential intervention in his uphill race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

Durbin said Emanuel was sympathetic to his pleas but ultimately noncommittal, telling him that the White House was “considering the race, weighing their options and weighing a decision on what to do.”

Emanuel, a former congressman from Chicago, tried but failed last year to get Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan into the race. Now, he told Durbin, it’s up to Giannoulias to prove his campaign has enough “viability and strength” to warrant Obama’s involvement.

The White House declined to comment on Durbin’s conversation with Emanuel. But an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the White House harbors deep concerns that Giannoulias’s campaign will implode if the family business, the financially strapped Broadway Bank, collapses as many analysts anticipate.
More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 12 Comments

Rahm Emanuel WOULD like to become the Mayor of Chicago…..

The Dog posted this revelation way back when…..

Emanuel has finally come out and acknowledged it……

From PoliticalWire……

Confirming rumors, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said that he wants to be the mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Said Emanuel: “I hope Mayor Daley seeks reelection. I will work and support him if he seeks reelection. But if Mayor Daley doesn’t, one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago. That’s always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.”

Emanuel has long been rumored to want the job of Speaker of the House, but he said in the interview that hope was “over.”

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 12 Comments

The Eric Massa story gets ugly……and escalates…against the Democrats……

Rep. Eric Massa resigned on Monday, but he didn’t go quietly.

The freshman Democrat from New York lambasted House leaders and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on the way out the door before officially resigning at 5 p.m.

Massa appears set to continue the talk; he’ll appear Tuesday on Tea Party favorite Glenn Beck’s program on Fox, according to a tweet by Beck.

Massa’s edgy comments about Emanuel drew the most attention.

Massa called Emanuel “the son of the devil’s spawn” during his Sunday radio show and told a story about a naked Emanuel angrily confronting him in the congressional gym’s shower. Emanuel was angry that Massa was not going to support the president’s budget, according to Massa.

“Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?” Massa said.

Massa had fought with Emanuel since the 2006 election.

“He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote,” Massa said on the radio show. “He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.”

The White House did not respond to an e-mail asking for comment.

More…….

Rahm Emanuel again, huh?

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Rahm Emanuel Pushback……

Some Democrats are blaming the president for not listening more to his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

You just knew someone was going to sit down with the WashingtonPost or New York Times and do a pushback….

Well here it is……

Rahm Emanuel is officially a Washington caricature. He’s the town’s resident leviathan, a bullying, bruisingWhite House chief of staff who is a prime target for the failings of the Obama administration.

But a contrarian narrative is emerging: Emanuel is a force of political reason within the White House and could have helped the administration avoid its current bind if the president had heeded his advice on some of the most sensitive subjects of the year: health-care reform, jobs and trying alleged terrorists in civilian courts.

It is a view propounded by lawmakers and early supporters of President Obama who are frustrated because they think the administration has gone for the perfect at the expense of the plausible. They believe Emanuel, the town’s leading purveyor of four-letter words, a former Israeli army volunteer and a product of a famously argumentative family, was not aggressive enough in trying to persuade a singularly self-assured president and a coterie of true-believer advisers that “change you can believe in” is best pursued through accomplishments you can pass.

By all accounts, Obama selected Emanuel for his experience in the Clinton White House, his long relationships with the media and Democratic donors, and his well-established — and well-earned — reputation as a political enforcer, all of which neatly counterbalanced Obama’s detached, professorial manner. A president who would need the deft navigation of Congress to pass his ambitious legislation turned to the Illinois congressman and former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee because he possessed a unique understanding of the legislative mind.

The pairing made sense, but things haven’t worked out as expected. And in the search for what has gone wrong, influential Democrats are — in unusually frank terms — blaming Obama and his closest campaign aides for not listening to Emanuel. And this puts the 50-year-old chief of staff in a very uncomfortable position.

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March 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Rahm Emanuel gets a pat on the back?

This from a piece in PoliticalWire…….

In Praise of Rahm

Ezra Klein: “It’s a bit weird to see so much blame accruing to Rahm Emanuel for the administration’s woes. Emanuel wasn’t part of the campaign team. He was brought in to help govern. In that capacity, his primary job was shepherding the administration’s agenda through the legislative process. Ugly as that process was, Emanuel — and more to the point, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi — did a fairly masterful job at it. In the Senate, Democrats got all 60 of their members to sign onto the same large, controversial bill. That’s a legislative achievement [unprecedented] in modern times. Bill Clinton didn’t manage it on any bills of this size and scope, and neither did George W. Bush.”

Klien goes on to say this in his Washington Post piece…which the Dog wholeheartedly agrees………

‘In this way, the lure of 60 votes was probably a curse for the Democrats. It meant they had enough support to build their first-year around major legislative accomplishments rather than adroit political positioning. That might’ve worked, too, but an unexpected outcome in an unexpected election pulled the rug out from under that strategy.’

You nailed sir…...

Note:…No matter what he does….Rahm Emanuel will always be the outsider in this administration……

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 6 Comments