Countdown to Rahmageddon: Here's Egg on Your Face!
By Kevin Robinson in News on Nov 11, 2010 3:00PM
Rahm Emanuel is finding out how difficult it can be as mayor of Chicago this week - and he's not even officially a candidate yet. While news broke yesterday that Rob Halpin, who is renting Rahm's house in Ravenswood, is considering a bid for mayor, Emanuel almost got popped in the face with an egg during a stop on his "Listening Tour" in Little Village. According to Politico, Emanuel was telling a resident of La Villita about "strong leadership and principle" when someone in the crowd hurled an egg at him. Although a member of the press that was covering the stop got hit with the egg, the candidate cut the conversation short.
That voters in Little Village, a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the city's Southwest side, might be upset with Emanuel shouldn't be surprising. It's largely thought in Latino communities that he persuaded President Obama to avoid pushing for any sort of amnesty in immigration reform legislation, believing it to be a political loser. Given the amount of time Emanuel has spent courting the Hispanic vote in Chicago neighborhoods, it seems that he's aware of that anger, too. That, coupled with at least two Latino candidates for mayor (City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Daley henchman Gery Chico), Rahm might come out the loser with the Chicago immigrant vote.