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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:57:22 AM EDT
Maybe there's hope for shitcago, but I'm not holding my breath.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:04:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:05:25 AM EDT
Who did he pick to replace him?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:06:50 AM EDT
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/daley-says-he-will-not-run-for-re-election.html

Daley says he will not run for re-election
September 7, 2010 1:54 PM | No Comments | BREAKING STORY
Mayor Richard Daley says he will not run for re-election in 2011.

"The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months," Daley said at a City Hall news conference. "In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less."

Daley spoke for less than five minutes and took no questions.

Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, announced the mayor's retirement in the middle of a City Council Finance Committee debate that he was leading at the same time Daley was making his announcement.

"Wow, wow," Burke said. "So all you wanna-be mayors, I guess you better run out and get your petitions."

He then referred to Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, who has touted himself as a potential mayoral candidate.

Daley's decision not to run again sets off a major power scramble following more than 20 years of stifled political ambitions in city politics.

Daley was first elected mayor in 1989 following a failed bid in 1983. The mayor won re-election every four years since then, always with little to no opposition.

But Daley's public approval rating had dipped recently, with a Tribune poll earlier this summer showing that more than half of Chicago voters said they don't want to see him re-elected.

The poll found only 37 percent of city voters approve of the job Daley is doing as mayor, compared with 47 percent who disapprove. Moreover, a record-low 31 percent said they want to see Daley re-elected, compared with 53 percent who don't want him to win another term.

The mayor's administration has been buffeted by a spate of summer violence, a weak economy and a high-profile failure to land the 2016 Olympics. Dissatisfaction abounds, the survey found, over Daley's handling of the crime problem, his efforts to rein in government corruption and his backing of a controversial long-term parking meter system lease.

A few aldermen are shopping themselves around as potential candidates, and some politicians with broader political bases have been glad to see their names tossed into the ring –– but none had shown a willingness to challenge Daley.

Among aldermen discussed as potential mayoral candidates are Robert Fioretti, 2nd; Sandi Jackson, 7th; Thomas Allen, 38th; Scott Waguespack, 32nd; Brendan Reilly, 42nd; and Thomas Tunney, 44th.

Earlier this year, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel voiced his mayoral ambitions. But the former North Side congressman quickly added that he wouldn't take on Daley, for whom he served as a strategist and fundraiser in the mayor's first winning bid. Likewise, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he won't run for mayor unless the office is open.

Outgoing Cook County Assessor James Houlihan, by contrast, was considered a potential candidate whether or not Daley runs again. Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman also has been mentioned, but he just lost a grueling Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

–– John Byrne
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:07:40 AM EDT
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:08:06 AM EDT
Im expecting a scandal of some description to break shortly....hence him not seeking reelection
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:09:54 AM EDT
Wake me up when the headline reads, "Every single incumbent for every single seat in all of American politics won't seek re-election."
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:10:09 AM EDT
If Rahm leaves Obama I will laugh my ass off. We'll be left with an incompetent President with no puppet master.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:10:19 AM EDT
HE KNOWS CHICAGO IS DONE! Get out while you can. I did.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:10:23 AM EDT
Every Chicago mayoral candidate should get their own Assistant U.S. Attorney, a forensic accountant and two FBI agents to do the legwork.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:10:26 AM EDT
Wow. Does this have anything to do with McDonald vs Chicago?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:11:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.


I was really hoping that Blago or O was going to dish dirt on him to take the spotlight off some of their misdeeds. Way to burst my bubble.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:11:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.


His Top?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:11:39 AM EDT
Don't worry I'm sure the Democrats will be able to dig up another gimp from the basement just as despicable as Dailey has been.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:11:46 AM EDT
Wow. Does this have anything to do with McDonald vs Chicago?


Nope, he sold everything that is left to sell in Chicago and is moving on......................
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:12:27 AM EDT
Does that mean he will be in jail? Jail is where that POS belongs.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:13:56 AM EDT
maybe they can rebuild meages(sp) field now
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:15:10 AM EDT
Oh snap.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:16:23 AM EDT
I bet Blago will try to run.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:20:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cypher15:
maybe they can rebuild meages(sp) field now

Meigs.

And no, unfortunately, they won't re-build it...

Is the spot still an empty patch of grass?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:24:55 AM EDT
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:25:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:26:34 AM EDT
Just clearing the way for Rahm.

Obama will set Daley up with a cushy Washington job.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:28:15 AM EDT
Daley could 'win' reelection if he wanted it and he's a power hungry ass hole. There's a 'reason' he's on his way out.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:30:06 AM EDT
Zer0 has plans for him––BATFE director??
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:30:39 AM EDT
Maybe he thinks he will lose the election and thinks this is the less shameful way out.

Other democrats have been doing it lately.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:32:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dave_A:

Originally Posted By Cypher15:
maybe they can rebuild meages(sp) field now

Meigs.

And no, unfortunately, they won't re-build it...

Is the spot still an empty patch of grass?

For all the things that King Dick has been responsible for, this one still makes me rage.

If I became "King of the World" one of things I'd do is rebuild Meigs into the most modern GA airport in existence.

I'd also bury Daley in the runway when he dies so every pilot who lands there has the opportunity to leave tire tracks on his grave.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:32:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 11:33:19 AM EDT by Chris0013]
I would love to see a gun loving, welfare cutting conservative go for it....no chance of winning but would love to see the debate.


McDonald for Mayor
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:35:58 AM EDT
As if they'll elect anyone different. Chicago is as corrupt as a municipality can get.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:38:25 AM EDT
Daley is a twat, but after Harold and Jane he could do no wrong. It takes some skill to run a city of that sizen and someone who understands how it runs. As the economy gets worse, so will Chicago, Daley is gettin while the gettin is good. Whoever takes over is going to be left holding the check. Despite the fact that Daley sucks dick, this may not be the time for a power vacuum.

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Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:43:20 AM EDT
it just means that he's got a successor already picked out...
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:47:52 AM EDT
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley won’t seek another term in office, clearing the way for a potential run by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.


So will rhis be any better
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:05:42 PM EDT
Nah, just not running because he's gonna declare himself Mayor for Life.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:08:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By roofgoat:
HE KNOWS CHICAGO IS DONE! Get out while you can. I did.


same here, left over 4 years ago and never looked back
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:09:01 PM EDT
Wow! Never thought the day would come.

It still is not enough for me, I am still planning on getting out of this hellhole soon.

The reason why he is leaving really is because his wife has Cancer me thinks.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:09:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.



Yeah. The gun control czar. He'll probably be about as effective as all of Obama's other "czars".....


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:10:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GreyHat:
Wow. Does this have anything to do with McDonald vs Chicago?


Bingo.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:12:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dave_A:

Originally Posted By Cypher15:
maybe they can rebuild meages(sp) field now

Meigs.

And no, unfortunately, they won't re-build it...

Is the spot still an empty patch of grass?

Yup. Still grass.

They might make it a Marina which would be nice, but considering that Sailing is seasonal here, (Have to vacate all marinas by Oct) that doesn't come near replacing what it once was.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:31:25 PM EDT
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/07/chicago-machine-politician-quits-paving-way-for-chicago-machine-politician/

Chicago machine politician quits, paving way for Chicago machine politician

posted at 4:12 pm on September 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Rahm said he wanted the job months ago and now suddenly Daley doesn’t want the job anymore, and, oh, everything’s working out perfectly!

"The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months,” Daley said at a City Hall news conference. "In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less.”

His wife Maggie stood by his side with the help of a crutch, smiling broadly as the mayor continued: "I have always known that people want you to work hard for them. Clearly, they won’t always agree with you. Obviously, they don’t like it when you make a mistake. But at all times, they expect you to lead, to make difficult decisions, rooted in what’s right for them…

"Simply put, it’s time,” said Daley, 68. "Time for me, it’s time for Chicago to move on.”…

Daley’s public approval rating had dipped recently, with a Tribune poll earlier this summer showing that more than half of Chicago voters said they don’t want to see him re-elected.

Three possibilities. One: He was tired of the job and wants to move on. I don’t buy it, partly because it’s antithetical to how machine politicians think and partly because Daley’s a relatively spry 68 years old. (His old man, who naturally died in office, was 74.) Two: He’s afraid that his declining poll numbers plus the big red tsunami that’s on its way could lead to an ignominious defeat when the mayoral election is held in February. I don’t buy that either, as Chicago hasn’t voted Republican in more than 80 years. Three: Emanuel knows that Obama’s going to shake up the White House after November’s bloodbath and, fairly or not, as chief of staff he’ll take plenty of blame. Dumping Rahm will help soothe the left, which hates him almost as much as he hates them. So, anticipating all that, maybe he and Daley made some sort of deal to clear the way for him? I don’t buy that theory either, actually, because if Daley was angling to make Rahm his successor, he would have held off on announcing this until later this year. The filing deadline for the election isn’t until November 22; by dropping this now, Daley gives other Democratic contenders time to weigh bids of their own and kicks off endless distracting speculation about whose heads are on the chopping block in the White House. To be sure, that speculation has already started — last week Chris Matthews goofily suggested Mike Bloomberg as Rahm’s replacement due to his "communications pizazz” — but now it’s going to rev up fast. Very, very strange. Maybe my first theory is the correct one after all?

The good news for Chicagoans: Whoever comes next probably can’t do any worse than Daley. For your viewing pleasure, below you’ll find a bit more speculation on the, ahem, "soul-searching” to come inside the White House after they get hammered on election day. Note that Podesta said it this morning, before the Daley announcement and subsequent Rahm frenzy kicked off. Exit question: Who’s going to replace Rahm as COS? Tom Daschle’s name was kicked around in 2008 but he’s a health-care guy and they’ve already checked that box, and besides, they don’t want to have to deal with his tax baggage. If The One’s planning on tacking right to deal with the new Republican Congress, presumably he’ll want someone as centrist as Rahm, no?

Update: Here we go. Bye, Rahm.

Meanwhile, a senior Obama Administration official said Emanuel is likely to run for the post.

"I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run,” the official said…

Conversations with plugged-in Chicago Democrats — and boy are there lots of them! — make clear that if Emanuel ran, he would be the clear frontrunner although almost certainly wouldn’t have the field entirely to himself.

Emanuel’s just 50 years old, so assuming he wins, pencil in him as mayor until, oh, 2045 or so.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:32:27 PM EDT
If true, pop the champaign corks the wicked witch is gone. Fuck that lying criminal duesh bag.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:25:46 PM EDT
Rahm knew how to persuade him....

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:29:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Taboot:
Rahm knew how to persuade him....

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2282/rerd.jpg

That literally made my skin crawl.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:31:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By fosters:
Im expecting a scandal of some description to break shortly....hence him not seeking reelection



First thing I thought was " When are the indictments coming down "
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:32:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Rephlex:

Originally Posted By Dave_A:

Originally Posted By Cypher15:
maybe they can rebuild meages(sp) field now

Meigs.

And no, unfortunately, they won't re-build it...

Is the spot still an empty patch of grass?

Yup. Still grass.

They might make it a Marina which would be nice, but considering that Sailing is seasonal here, (Have to vacate all marinas by Oct) that doesn't come near replacing what it once was.



I heard that they had been having some outdoor concerts there?

and no it won't reopen.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:36:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.


This.

Either that, or he'll be running in 2012 on the "Chicago-Corruption" ticket. Hey, it worked for 0bungo.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:41:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Obama is going to make him something big in his administration.

Bet.



That scares me a bit
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:43:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By roofgoat:
HE KNOWS CHICAGO IS DONE! Get out while you can. I did.


Same here. After 40 years in northern IL, I couldn't stand it anymore.

ckmorley
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:45:05 PM EDT
Probably pulling a Pete Carroll.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:51:46 PM EDT
supreme court or federal judge nominee?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:14:49 PM EDT
His police department is melting down. Things are kind of interesting..
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:17:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fosters:
Im expecting a scandal of some description to break shortly....hence him not seeking reelection




+1 How much taxpayer money did he steal?


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