Rahm, no longer 'my way or the highway'
February 22nd, 2011
05:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Rahm, no longer 'my way or the highway'

(CNN) - Rahm Emanuel was known for bringing Chicago-style politics to Washington – complete with his colorful language and take-no-prisoners-approach to politics.

But in his run for Chicago mayor there's been a new "Rahm style." Emanuel told CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin that only pesky reporters make him curse.

"When's the last time I cursed?" Emanuel asked this afternoon. "When they told me I had to do the CNN interview."

But the new Rahm is also evidenced in how he says he'll approach the mayor's role-especially with the current hot button issue of unions.

"It's a cooperative approach rather than a 'take it or leave it, my way or the highway,'" Emanuel said.

Emanuel explained that city government and unions would need to work together towards fixing Chicago's fiscal problems, while at the same time preserving workers' pensions.

"I want to work it out with them. They're partners," Emanuel said of union workers.

"I'm going to the table to preserve the pension," Emanuel continued. "When I first got elected to Congress, I had to deal with all my flight attendants and bag carriers from United who lost their life savings that went to a 401K. Everything they dedicated, everything they paid into, gone. I will not see that happening to working families again."

Emanuel also rejected the notion of a government shutdown, saying that strategy is at odds with his plan for city government.

"I don't think that's the type of approach the public wants," he said. "That's not the approach we're going to adopt."

Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Inmyopinion

    "my way or the highway" isn't that the attitude Republicans are always being accused of having? Gov. Walker of Wisconsin I believe is being accused of this attitude by the Unions and government workers. I guess it was okay with Democrats that Rahm behave like the Republicans they criticize while Rham got them what they wanted. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    February 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Chris

    For now. Afterall, it's campaign mode. If he wins I would bet money it will be business as usual.

    February 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Jerry

    This habitual liar continues to lie without blinking an eye. And, it looks like Chicagoans are going to elect him as their next mayor. Wait till he assumes the Chicago mayorship. Whoever disagrees with him will be run out of town. Oops! I forgot this lying bully was well taught by our current president.

    Chicagoans, you had an opportunity to kick this bully non-resident back to Washington and it looks like you will miss the opportunity, again!

    Only YOU Chicagoans can clean house once for all!!!

    February 22, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Inmyopinion

    Maybe we can get Rahm to start publishing the salaries of government employees and their benefits so that we know what it is that Unions and these employees are fighting for and why they feel they are being deprived of what they think they deserve.

    February 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Patrick from Minnesota

    If this guy's running for mayor of pretty Chicago, I sure hope so!

    February 22, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Governor Rahm Emanuel, you go.

    February 22, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |