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Mayor Rahm

Emanuel seizes majority of Chicago vote to avoid runoff

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Where have I seen that font before?(John Gress/Getty Images)

As @MayorEmanuel, an unusually hilarious fake Twitter feed, put it last night: “FIFTY FOUR MOTHERFUCKING PERCENT.” Actually, former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel received more like 55 percent of yesterday’s vote; but the crucial threshold for the heavy favorite was 50 percent, which he cleared, thus avoiding a run-off. The man who once dreamed of being the first Jewish Speaker of the House will instead be the first Jewish mayor of America’s third-largest, and spiritually Second, city.

If you want a retrospective of the campaign from that particular angle, you can find Rachel Shteir’s dispatches in Tablet Magazine—including her early prediction, which we are all pleased to see disproved, that Chicago would not elect a Jewish mayor—here. Famously, Jewish candidate Bernard Epton, lost in a close 1983 race in which Jewish voters actually helped swing the election to Harold Washington—who was, after all, like Emanuel, a Democrat.

Emanuel Triumphs in Chicago Mayoral Race [NYT]
Related: The Rahm Report [Tablet Magazine]

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The offensive article published previously by Shteir about Emanuel’s electability – and which Tablet is now backing away from, was not only off-base in its facts, but was such an opinionated piece that it left little room for the facts and the support Emanuel received from the Jewish community and the African-American community as well, including a cross-section of other ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic groups. The involvement of Jews in Chicago, whether they live in the suburbs or not, is immense, and their Jewish self-identity is uniquely proud. From the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to the Jewish donors at almost every Chicago institution, from South side to North, to the numbers of Jewish owned businesses and Jews involved in every area of culture and the arts The election of Emanuel is the proof of that.

Cut out the profanity please – it is not cute.

JCarpenter says:

To echo Adam: visitors to Chicago should add a visit to the Spertus Institute on Michigan Ave, if for anything just to look at the wall of philanthropic donors’ names—as I understand, not just donors to the institute, but to the many innumerable causes throughout Chicago and the region. It’s not just the money that talks—it is the heart and soul and the purpose of the people blessed enough to be able to give back a thousand-fold, to be a blessing to a community.

Joshua says:

After listening to a BBC radio documentary on graft and patronage in Chicago, I’ve become convinced that the entire political system in Chicago needs to be radically reformed. Washington came closest, and I’m not sure Rahm will come anywhere close.


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