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‘Good riddance’! After a ‘horrific’ summer, Chicago Mayor Emanuel announces he won’t seek re-election

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Turns out the deadly rate of gun crimes in Chicago was a serious crisis Mayor Rahm Emanuel let go to waste, as he announced Tuesday that he will not seek a third term in office.

“Today, the time has come to make another tough choice. As much as I love this job, and will always love this city and its residents, I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said, according to WLS-TV. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”

The announcement was made at a City Hall press conference and comes after a recent weekend of staggering levels of violence in the city, where 64 people were shot, with 12 recorded fatalities — that first weekend of August being the most violent of the year.

Labor Day weekend saw more of the same, despite an extra 1,400 officers deployed on the streets by the Chicago Police Department.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted about the number of fatalities over the weekend, linking to a Fox News report of 1,000 people shot since Memorial Day.


Emanuel, 58, was first elected in 2011, succeeding the legendary Richard M. Daley.

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin tweeted on what will likely be “Rahm’s legacy.”

Speaking of his legacy…

Emanuel’s announcement came as somewhat of a surprise, seeing as it was just last week he was threatening President Trump with a lawsuit over the city’s “sanctuary city” policy. But, city protesters sick of the crime took to the streets early in August. Some even called on help from Trump, and may have helped to unnerve the embattled mayor.

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter that suggests Barack Obama’s wing man is not going to be missed, although for progressives, Emanuel was not far-left enough:


Perhaps, the best take of the day…

Tom Tillison


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