How many degrees of separation?

AKA, Chicago Politics.

By now, everybody knows that Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, resigned so that he could run for mayor of Chicago – in fact, he did so practically the same day that the current mayor, Richard Daley, announced that he would not be running for re-election. Rahm had made no secret of the fact that becoming mayor of Chicago was a longtime dream of his, so – unlike Richard Daley’s decision to not run –  it wasn’t really a surprise when his resignation was announced.

Interestingly, today the administration has announced Obama’s pick for his new chief of staff: William Daley, a former Commerce Secretary and Richard Daley’s brother.

His brother, Richard Daley, is the mayor of Chicago, the post that Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, left his job in October to seek. The Daley brothers are sons of Richard J. Daley, who was Chicago’s mayor from 1955 to his death in 1976.

I know what I think, but I’ll leave it to you, my dear readers, to decide for yourselves how much horse-trading might have been involved in this rather coincidental appointment.


[Source: AP Article on Yahoo! News, retrieved 1/6/11]

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