Emanuel Denies Petition Challenge Is Racist Ploy

Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, December 18, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday categorically denied that he’s trying to disenfranchise African-American voters by seeking to knock millionaire black businessman Willie Wilson off the ballot.

“All of us . . . have to meet a threshold–not just for signatures. We also have to meet a threshold with ideas. We have to meet a threshold with the commitment to see those ideas through. We have to meet the threshold to also have the passion to see those ideas through and the fortitude to make the tough decisions necessary,” he said.

“There’s a threshold set up by the Board of Elections. People have challenged me. But I really do believe the threshold is about the ideas and the commitment you have for the city of Chicago.”

Wilson is a former McDonald’s franchise holder who has built a thriving medical supply business into a $60 million fortune. He has built a strong following by donating millions to black churches and hosting a weekly Gospel music television show, “Singsation.”


On Thursday, Emanuel rejected the Wilson camp’s claim that the petition challenge is an act of voter suppression–that the mayor wants to depress the black vote to avoid a run-off.


Emanuel’s campaign manager Michael Ruemmler has alleged that there is an “astonishing pattern of deception” to the 47,500 signatures that Wilson filed.

Ruemmler claimed that Wilson’s petitions are riddled with “fake and duplicate signatures, false addresses of petitioners and . . . name and address strikeouts.”

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has not yet issued a final ruling.

Earlier this week, Wilson’s attorney Frank Avila Jr. held a news conference in front of the mayor’s office to denounce the petition challenge as racist and the process as rigged.

“This objection and the objection process is similar to the poll tax we used to see in the Deep South. This objection and the objection process is similar to a literacy test for Mr. Wilson,” Avila said.

“This is a racist and discriminatory campaign. It’s a racist and discriminatory objection. And the process . . . violates the Constitution.”


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  • A Freespeechzone

    I love it……ACTIONS speak much louder than WORDS.

    Typical liberal MO.

  • Rahm would be toast in February if he actually had a credible challenger.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Do you mean a credible Democratic opponent? Chicago Hope-less hasn’t had a GOP mayor since 1931.

      And I thought my fellow New Yorkers were p.c.!

      • Chicago municipal elections are non-partisan in theory, and in functionality, but almost everyone who wins election to Chicago city government identifies as a Democrat.

    • MBlanc46

      Alas, I fear that any credible challenger would be scarier than he is.

      • Granted. The two big “credible” names that were toying? Toni Preckwinkle and Karen Lewis. The former is worse, the latter would be a nightmare within a nightmare.

        • MBlanc46

          I’d had hopes that Preckwinkle, who was my alderman for a number of years, would try to govern rationally without jumping onto the race-war bandwagon. Those hopes have been dashed. Lewis is a race-baiter and rabble-rouser. We’re very lucky that she’s hors de combat.

  • superlloyd

    Libtards fighting with their pets. What great entertainment.

  • MekongDelta69

    That’s a laugh. Emanuel (and his brother) are so black-friendly, he might as well be black.

    • MBlanc46

      Or at least sucks up to them that much.

      • IstvanIN

        From what they say about Rahm and Obama that may be an indelicate comment on your part.

        • MBlanc46

          Indelicate? Moi? Never.

    • Jimmy Joseph

      Yet the negroes aren’t that friendly to his son.

      They beat him up pretty bad.

  • John

    Rahm is being a typical hypocritical tribesman again. When he ran for mayor, I seem to recall that because of his lengthy involvement in politics on the national level, he didn’t meet the “threshold” for residency that one needed to have in order to run for mayor of Chicago. He was able to play the “muh Holocaust” card and circumvent this statute.

  • dd121

    In this case I might be convinced that the black candidate might be better than the white.

    • bilderbuster

      The “White” candidate is a Mossad agent.

  • phillyguy

    they are better off with a black mayor, let him put up with the black on black murder and black thuggery in one of the blackest cities in America.

    • See The Future

      It is best if blacks are ruled by blacks, policed by blacks, served by blacks, medical services by blacks……………..and on and on…………segregation to Africa the only way.

    • MBlanc46

      As a life-long (less a few short sojourns in other parts of the country and world) resident of the Chicago area, I must disagree. Elect a Negro mayor here and the place quickly becomes Detroit. Rahmulus is a punk and a prostitute, but he’s probably the only thing keeping bankruptcy at bay.

      • Jimmy Joseph

        The place will collapse and become detroit without Rahm.

        Negroes can’t govern anything.

        • MBlanc46

          Fortunately, the first black mayor was prevented by the city council from wrecking the city. It’s unlikely that we’d be so lucky the second time. And Mexicans would be almost as bad as blacks.

  • John

    Emmanuel is a hypocrite. He had to pull a lot of strings to run for mayor of Chicago. His absence from the city had invalidated his residency status.

  • Paleoconn

    Speaking about violating the Constitution, Rahm’s caramel buddy who lives in the pale residence in DC….oh well you know the rest.

  • crockadoodle6

    Hizzoner’s son was just tuned up outside their mansion: cbslocal

    Of course the race of the two perps was not revealed, which means it was
    revealed. The young muffin got a fat lip the old fashioned way and he
    chipped his tooth. No news on whether a hate crime (black on Jew) will
    be called and no speculation on whether this incident is related to the
    election…’never let a good crisis go to waste’ (even if you have to
    sacrifice your son to create the crisis). Also, no news if the young one
    is now a race realist, but it will probably take a few more intimate
    encounters with vibrancy to change his thinking.

  • MBlanc46

    It’s what the Machine always does to anyone of any race who challenges them. They made rejecting signatures a fine art. It’s conceivable that Rahmulus hates this guy because he’s black. But the reason he’s challenging his petitions is because he’s challenging the Machine.

  • MBlanc46

    As I said above:

    “As a life-long (less a few short sojourns in other parts of the country
    and world) resident of the Chicago area, I must disagree. Elect a Negro
    mayor here and the place quickly becomes Detroit. Rahmulus is a punk and
    a prostitute, but he’s probably the only thing keeping bankruptcy at

    Many of us have had nothing to do with perpetuating the Machine and would love to see it destroyed. But with one third of the city Negro and a second third Mexican, we’re beat before we start. At least we’ve kept the blacks and Hispanics from completely looting the public treasury so far.

  • Jimmy Joseph

    Once again, Jews should learn from this incident.

    Jews have the stupid notion that blacks are “oppressed” friends of theirs. Jews believe that they were “oppressed” and blacks were “oppressed”. Therefore, they are now “friends”.

    Stupid Jews worship the negro and help them at every step. However, the negro hates the Jew on average.

    Crazy world.

    Jews need to wake up and understand that White Americans are their only source of support. Negroes hate Jews.

    Jews should be supporting Whites like Michael Savage, Michael Levin ,etc do on their radio programs.

  • Jimmy Joseph

    I agree. I hope the negro does win.

    Let it burn.