Chicago Mayor: Emanuel Back on the Ballot

That was a quick about-face, putting a stop to a crazy half-week: the Illinois Supreme Court just reversed the intermediate appellate court decision that had removed Rahm Emanuel from the Chicago mayoral ballot. All seven of the seven justices agreed (including Anne Burke, the wife of Alderman and Rahm archrival Edward Burke, who had refused to recuse herself from the case… although she participated in a separate concurrence).

“This is a situation in which, not only did the candidate testify that his intent was not to abandon his Chicago residence, his acts fully support and confirm that intent.”

I won’t bore you with further long excerpts from the opinion, but the majority basically smacks the lower court down pretty hard over their contorted reasoning to reach the result they did. With that, we’re pretty much back where we were on Monday morning: with Emanuel substantially in the lead in terms of polling and money, with the election just weeks away.

21 thoughts on “Chicago Mayor: Emanuel Back on the Ballot”

  1. with the stridency of the majority, but I think they are quite right on the law. This is also the most equitable result.  

  2. On Tuesday, the election workers printed 300,000 ballots without Mr. Emanuel’s name (as the Appellate Court had ordered), then printed hundreds of thousands more with his name (as the Supreme Court ordered when it agreed to consider the case).

    What are the odds that a few of those non-Emanuel ballots accidentally get mailed out…   Remember Gov candidate “Whitey” happened in Chicago…     (just kidding)

  3. I think that this just sowed doubt about Emmanuel’s candidacy. I would not be surprised if his poll numbers dropped somewhat though his probably still the prohibitive favorite.)

    I agree that this ruling is good news though, just for the sake of democracy. It’s clear a majority of Chicagoans wanted Emmanual as mayor, it would be ashamed if he got kicked off for a technicality.  

  4. as confirmed by the attempts of Chicago insiders to keep him off the ballot?

    Whether or not that’s the perception, Rahm does look like the victim of a political hit job, an advantage I’m sure he didn’t expect when he got into this race.

  5. amount of free media exposure, but it also led to rumblings about underhanded dealings on the part of his main opponents and their backers, so he dually benefited from it. I still think Emmanuel is easily the favorite. In a runoff with Carol Mosley Braun I feel he’d get the white ethnic vote, a sizable portion of the black establishment vote, the Asian vote, and the Hispanic vote.  

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  7. We’ll see how the polls go, but the view from Chicago is that nearly everyone was saying “I don’t necessarily like Rahm, but this is asinine.” and “Oh, shit, does this mean we’re stuck with Mosely Braun/?”

    Mind you, if Rahm actually arranged this, he is officially a Magnificent Bastard.

  8. As I pointed out before, considering the city’s electoral makeup, if Moseley Braun and Chico shored-up the black and Hispanic votes, Chico would need at least a 2 to 1 victory (perhaps even closer to 3 to 1) among whites to prevail.

    As it stands now, I don’t think Rahm clears the run-off mark – he’ll probably fall about 5 percent short – and Moseley Braun is probably the runner-up. Depending on Rahm’s performance, she’ll need about 80-90% of the Chico/Del Valle vote, which is a highly improbable feat. That being said, I sense that Chico and Del Valle would either back Moseley Braun or not endorse at all.

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