Paper Savages Rahm: 'An Elitist Whose Swagger Doesn't Match His Triumphs'
8:02 AM, May 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, has a devastating piece in her paper on Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. In short, the mayor--the former congressman and former chief of staff to President Obama--hasn't lived up to the bluster.
Moreover, the mayor hasn't done much to curb Chicago's debt problem--and hasn't been able to solve the pension problem, McQueary points out. He hasn't implemented his campaign promises on education, he hasn't solved "cancerous gang activity and crime" in various parts of the city, and he's spent a lot of time out of the city.
"Maybe he ought to spend more time here, in his city. Maybe he ought to control his visible disdain for anyone who questions his record. A little humility would go a long way," McQueary writes.
She concludes, "Voters will tolerate a control freak. They'll put up with bossy. But an elitist whose swagger doesn't match his triumphs? That's a bright line drawn."
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