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Zeke Emanuel To Teachers Union: 'Give In Now. Rahm Will Win.'

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Apr 3, 2013 10:00PM


Mayor Rahm Emanuel's doctor brother has been making the rounds in the media promoting his book Brothers Emanuel, and in an interview with HuffPost Live, Zeke Emanuel waded into Chicago politics.

Emanuel had some advice for the Chicago Teachers Union as they continue their push to try and stop Mayor Emanuel's plan to close down dozens of Chicago schools. When asked if he had any advice for the teachers union in their fight with his brother, Zeke Emanuel said:

ZE: Give in now. Rahm will win. He always does win. One thing you have to understand about Rahm is that he is very committed to making the lives of children better, and I think he and I certainly fought a lot, and I think that he's very committed to making sure their lives are secure and that crime is down and that they can live safely. He's really committed to ensuring that they get a really good education and that they can be productive members of society when they grow up.
HPL: And that does seem very clear in how he has handled the situation, but what advice do you have for the teachers union. Obviously they're really upset right now. The fight isn't...
ZE: Look, as I said, you know, you’re not going to beat him, so I think you need to think...
HPL: Surrender or forever hold your peace?
ZE: You can bang your head against the wall, but Rahm is pretty tough.

After that, the interview moved on to immigration. If Ari was miffed by Brian Williams' non-softball questions, we're curious to find out if he gets more than miffed by this. Watch video of the full interview below. The excerpt above is taken from about the 12:30 to the 13:20 time markers.

[Found via Chicago magazine]