Emanuel will not run for re-election as Chicago mayor

The Chicago Tribune reports:

In a stunning decision, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday morning that he will no longer seek a third term in office, signaling the end to what has been a tumultuous – and at times transformative – eight years in office.

With First Lady Amy Rule by his side, an emotional Emanuel said the time simply had come to write a new chapter in their lives together.

 With wife Amy Rule by his side, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he will not seek a third term in office during a news conference at Chicago City Hall. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)


With wife Amy Rule by his side, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he will not seek a third term in office during a news conference at Chicago City Hall. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

No doubt he read the writing on the wall. For us geezers, it isn't as shocking as President Lyndon Johnson's televised announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election, but it's amazing nonetheless. For Emanuel, the trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke that begins today (a coincidence?) hangs over his head like the proverbial Sword of Damocles.

Emanuel's departure will be good for Chicago, but not so great for wherever he lands. One can hope that it give Paul Vallas a better shot at winning the mayoral election.

Read Emanuel's prepared remarks.

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

Here’s how to subscribe to the Barbershop so that you’ll be notified when I post: Type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Leave a comment

  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Visit my new website

    I'm a freelance writer, editor and author. I can help you with a wide variety of projects. Check out my new website at www.dennisbyrne.net

  • Subscribe to The Barbershop

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Dennis Byrne’s Facebook Fan Page

  • Like me on Facebook

  • Our National Debt

  • Twitter

  • Tags

  • Recent Comments

  • /Users/dennisby/Desktop/trailer.mp4
  • Advertisement: