Putting the “Career” in “Career Politician”


So Mayor Daley will not run for re-election next year, which will round out his term at a little over 22 years (!). For all intents and purposes, he’s been the only mayor of Chicago I’ve ever known, which strikes me as a pretty backwards state of affairs – holding power for that long is usually a trait that’s been reserved for monarchs and third-world dictators.

I remember a few years ago when Time anointed him the “best big city mayor” while referring to him as “imperial,” which we usually hesitate to toss around as a superlative here in ‘Merica.

Let’s just hope this doesn’t lead to Mayor Rahm.


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