Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke a “loser” this week; saying the party shouldn’t “promote” the failed candidate to run for president in 2020.
“If Beto O’Rourke wants to go and run for president, God bless him, he should put his hat in and make his case. But, he lost. You don’t usually promote a loser to the top of party,” said Emanuel.
Recent polls show the Texas Congressman in third place among likely Democratic nominees; trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
O’Rourke made national headlines this week when he publicly reversed course on his previous comments regarding a White House run; refusing to rule out a potential showdown with President Trump.
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RAHM OUT: Chicago Mayor RAHM EMANUEL Won’t Seek Re-Election Next Year
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stunned Democratic Party insiders Tuesday, officially ending his potential re-election bid and announcing he will not run next year to lead the nation’s third largest metropolis.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Mayor bowed to political pressure from both sides of the aisle over his administration’s inability to combat the escalating gun violence sweeping the region.
“I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”
“Emanuel’s decision marks a dramatic political reversal, as for the better part of the last year he had said he would run for a third term. The mayor, long a prolific fundraiser, had already reeled in more than $10 million toward a bid for a third term,” writes the Tribune.
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RAHM TO CHICAGO: It's Time for 'NEIGHBORHOODS' to 'STEP UP' and STOP Gun Violence
Chicago Mayor and former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel raised eyebrows throughout the country Monday, telling his city’s residents that neighborhoods need to “step up” and help stem the escalating gun-violence sweeping the region.
“Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said no arrests have been made yet in the flurry of weekend shootings, which he said were not random, and were ‘fueled by gang conflicts.’ Instead, after 11 people were killed and 70 were shot in ongoing violence, Johnson said the onus was on the communities to take responsibility,” writes Fox News.
“I hear people holding us accountable all the time but I never hear people saying ‘these individuals out here on the street need to stop pulling the trigger.’ I never hear that,” Johnson said. “It’s the same individuals that continually commit those crimes. Where is the accountability for them?”
“My relatives, people I grew up with in the city call me all the time,” he said. “What worries me is in certain areas of the city we begin to normalize these things.”
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