August 07, 2018

Heat’s on Rahm in re-election race after bloody Chicago weekend

Dana Mathewson

Whatever happened to never letting a crisis go to waste? Here, Ex-President Obama's former chief of staff is letting an entire city go to waste. Apparently the Peter Principle (remember that?) has hit once again.

From Fox News:

After a bloody Chicago weekend that left a dozen dead and another 62 wounded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing a mounting political crisis -- with his rivals emboldened as they aim to unseat him in the looming mayoral election.

Several of Emanuel’s 10 challengers slammed the prominent Democrat for the city’s soaring crime and blamed him for everything from an understaffed police force to a lack of investment in Chicago’s economically downtrodden neighborhoods.

Emanuel has tried to fend off the attacks while calming an alarmed electorate, but the latest violence has only fueled the calls for political change in the February election.

"What happened over the weekend is absolutely horrific and unacceptable. It’s another tragic weekend in Chicago, and unfortunately, we’ve had too many of them,” former Chicago Public Schools CEO and mayoral candidate Paul Vallas said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "There is no substitution for providing the police resources we need to close this gap.”

Vallas blamed Emanuel for permitting the police department’s detective division to be "gutted through attrition”and accused him of shifting officers to various sections of the city for "political reasons.”

There's lots more, as you'd expect, including a blast from former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who rightly refers to decades of "one party Democratic rule" for the violence in a series of tweets.

Meanwhile, Emanuel serves up meaningless pablum about how "Our souls are burdened," Emanuel said. "It is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago. We are a better city." Words, but so far no action.

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