Who said having the Chicago gang on your side doesn’t pay off especially when the big leaders, Oba mama and Daley are in charge in Washington?
CHICAGO | Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.
With 89 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr. Emanuel was trouncing five opponents with 55 percent of the vote — a margin comfortably above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.
It was the city’s first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Mr. Daley among the candidates.
Mr. Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 of the last 56 years.
Reginald Bachus, the 51-year-old pastor of a West Side church, said this was “a very critical time for Chicago.”
“We really need a mayor who has vision. It’s my personal opinion everyone else would have been a manager, and I think Rahm has vision,” Mr. Bachus said.
The other major candidates — former Chicago schools president Gery Chico, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle — had hoped to force a runoff, but were no match for Mr. Emanuel‘s momentum and money…..