My phone chimed early yesterday alerting me that I had a text message. It was from Rahm Emanuel’s campaign headquarters advising me that November 29 was the mayoral hopeful’s birthday. His 51st.
Nice, I thought. A Sagittarius–interesting. Most of the people that I know born under this sign of the zodiac (for all you followers of astrology) are friendly, strong types. That could definitely be good for our city leader. The more I am finding out about this guy, the more I want to know.
The text message, (which supporters of Emanuel’s campaign can sign up to receive), suggested a unique idea for a birthday present. The best gift I could give to the candidate would be my ideas for a better Chicago. Wow! Where do I begin?
You have to admit, it is a clever idea. Thank goodness for technology; you can use it in so many ways. If this isn’t close up and personal, I don’t know what else is. But then, when you look at the first day Emanuel arrived here, it was all about getting to know the people he wanted to serve. And, that is what the contender has done 38 “L” stops, several grocery stores, diners, and schools later. Shaking hands, meeting, and speaking with residents of America’s third largest city. He has already covered a lot of ground.
Something tells me Rahm, as he is often called here in Chitown, is going to read as many of those texts as he can. In my opinion, our city needs a strong, no-nonsense type. Nothing wrong with that, after all, this is a pretty big city. On the other hand, it seems this gentleman who is running for mayor also wants to show that strength, plus an iron fist can also have a “sensitive” side. It certainly can make for a well-rounded city boss. Maybe that’s why our city is on a “first name basis” with Emanuel. He’s just that kind of guy. Tough, but caring–in a friendly way.
Not surprising, money is one of the main issues for our city. Everyone is well aware of this fact. Emanuel discussed the topic on “Chicago Tonight.” (Click on “Chicago Tonight” to see video). From police and firemen retirement pensions and health benefits (which taxpayers have to carry), to Chitown’s budget deficit, to the parking meter fiasco that just won’t fade away because it can’t, Emanuel candidly proclaimed there has to be a new day–changes are ‘a-coming!”
Do we really need 50 aldermen in a city that is trying to trim the fat? A Board of Ethics that has not uncovered a single impropriety in years? Will the next mayor’s “political kingdom” be a replica of this past one–a weak city council, strong mayor set-up?
Emanuel indicates he will usher in an “Era of Change.” Changes in what taxpayers will be responsible for; burdened with; the promise of a new and different city government; a reform in aldermanic and city workers duties; investment of funds, as well as improvements in our town; a partnership with the City Council and Mayor. His platform emphasizes the need to strengthen schools, secure streets (two policemen in less than two weeks were recently murdered), and create jobs. That is the essence of what he stands for.
To the naysayers and opposition who may be promoting their “Anything But Rahm Emanuel” campaigns, the former Obama chief of staffer, who also served under Mayor Daley is not concerned. He understands the logistics of a good, political battle. So, he won’t be deterred. Emanuel’s focus is on the priorities: campaigning, getting elected, and serving the people of Chicago.
nbcchicago.com, chicago for rahm.com