Friday, February 25, 2011

Will the Mayor-elect be a factor here in the 6th?

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had amassed a campaign chest during his successful run for Mayor of Chicago. There is speculation that he may use that cash in many of our city's runoff contests. Included in this article from CPR is the 6th Ward runoff:
In the South Side's 6th Ward, Emanuel won 59-percent of the vote. The challenger there, Roderick Sawyer,said his campaign could use Emanuel's money if the mayor-elect chooses to work with him.

"But we don't want to put all of our eggs in one basket and say that's the end-all and be-all of this campaign," said Sawyer, who is a lawyer and the son of a former mayor, Eugene Sawyer. "That's just one step. You know, there's other money out there."

Sawyer is up against incumbent Ald. Freddrenna Lyle. Lyle endorsed former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun in the mayor's race, but said she's talked to Emanuel a few times about issues.

Asked if she'd accept campaign money from the mayor-elect, Lyle said she is "not ruling out any support unless the devil comes in with a check."

And Lyle said she does not think Emanuel is the devil.


  1. It's very rare that an incumbent wins in a run-off...

  2. LesthanzrO - unfortunately the facts refute your statement about run-offs and the frequency of challengers success in them.

    In the last election cycle of 2007 there were 12 run offs. Incumbents won 6, challengers 5 (and there was one open seat).


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