CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel is looking at re-election as mayor of the biggest city in America's Midwest, and because the ruthless and no-nonsense executive allowed CNN to follow him around for the "Chicagoloand" series and is commenting in national media, some say he's gearing up for a presidential bid.
Others say no, he's been in D.C., had enough, and is now content to stay in Chicago.
Emanuel is not a feel-good kind of person, and he's a very tough interview. The New Republic's Isaac Chotiner recently had some one-on-one time with him talking about an assortment of topics. Emanuel didn't attempt to hide his contempt for the reporter or his reputed propensity for sarcasm and arrogance.
Here's a teaser and the rest of the New Republic interview doesn't give us anything new about the Mayor, except to confirm that his public persona lines up with how he is in private.
IC: When the Obamacare website wasn’t working properly, did you want to be in Washington trying to fix it?
RE: You gotta be kidding. You get a freebie question for the ridiculousness of that question.
IC: I was asking about your competitive instinct. You say you like to fix things.
RE: [Gets up and starts walking around the office.] That goes down as one of the more intriguing questions I have ever had. Did I wish I was in Washington to fix a website? Let me answer that. I have a single-word answer. No. Please do not edit out the sarcasm of that answer.
IC: Don’t worry, it is staying.