President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a pretty good post-Washington career, unless you ask the people of Chicago. On the national stage Emanuel is known for being a blunt, tough taking guy shepherding his city into prosperity. But as Politico notes, that image is at odds with the actual Mayor of Chicago, a man who might lose his re-election because he's alienated black voters.
Emanuel's Washington connections have been sticking up for the mayor. James Carville, who worked with him under Bill Clinton, said people "have a lot of faith in Rahm." Former Obama advisor David Axelrod called him "a good mayor" in a piece in response to a Chicago Tribune op-ed that called him “an elitist whose swagger doesn’t match his triumphs.” That elitist, pro-wealth, insider label is sticking though. Alderman Bob Fioretti told Politico Emanuel has a "a top-down philosophy of not listening to what the communities say." These are the major issues hurting Emanuel's popularity, not all of which are his fault:
Closing black schools, funding white schools
According to a Chicago Sun-Times poll, Emanuel would only win 8 percent of the black vote if the election were held now. A lot of that has to do with the way his education reform policies have alienated black voters.