Berkowitz w/former MSNBC correspondent Nick Bogert, on Cable / Web: Mayor Emanuel a B student?

Jeff Berkowitz: …what is [Mayor Emanuel] getting an A or B for, if the three major things he was elected [to work on], he hasn’t improved?

Nick Bogert: An A or B for taking it on, and I don’t think you turn the battleship around in a year. [From “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz,” taped on June 6, 2012].         

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Tonight’s suburban edition of Public Affairs features Nick Bogert, former MSNBC correspondent.  The show airs at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten North Shore suburbs:  Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

 You can also watch the show 24/7 here.

Bogert debates and discusses a variety of national and city of Chicago political and public policy issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.  The show was taped on June 6, 2012, as Chicago's Mayor Emanuel was finishing his first year in office, and holds up rather well, ninety days later.  Emanuel said during the campaign his major focus was on improving City public safety, education and finances. So, Bogert is asked to evaluate and assess Emanuel’s performance, in large part, on his performance in those areas.  Bogert, who was working on a PBS special about public-private partnerships, also discussed Mayor Emanuel’s approach to such projects.

Mayor Emanuel appeared to try to leverage his control over the City's ability to assist the Ricketts family with the financing of improvements at Wrigley Field to muzzle Joe Rickett's criticism of the President, so as to benefit the President personally, the Democratic Party and Rahm Emanuel personally.  Is this the same kind of abuse of government power that sent Gov. Blagojevich to prison for 14 years?

Bogert was also asked if the City of Chicago should offer the same kind of school choice  that Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama have used to opt out of the Chicago and Washington, DC  public schools.

Bogert was asked to predict the Obama-Romney election outcome. Nick predicted if the unemployment rate were at 8.1 % in October, Obama would probably be in trouble. But it  is and he is not.  Appears to that Obama is simply outcampaigning Romney.   Is anybody surprised?

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Jeff Berkowitz: Three things that Rahm Emanuel campaigned on…improving education, make the streets safer, improve city finances, so one by one—has mayor Rahm Emanuel, in the first year, improved the quality of education [in Chicago]?

Nick Bogert: No.

Jeff  Berkowitz: Has he made the streets safer?

Nick Bogert: …If you are worried about being robbed, apparently he has; If you are worried about being murdered, apparently he hasn’t.

Jeff Berkowitz: Has he improved the city finances?

Nick Bogert: Only marginally.

Jeff Berkowitz: …what is [Mayor Emanuel] getting an A or B for, if the three major things he was elected for, he hasn’t improved?

Nick Bogert: An A or B for taking it on, and I don’t think you turn the battleship around in a year. [From “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz,” taped on June 6, 2012].         

 

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