Running for Mayor Without the Machine’s Muscle

September 29, 2010  |  

(NYT) — As Rahm Emanuel and a host of others consider campaigns to replace Mayor Richard M. Daley, they must reckon with a key issue: how to mount a successful citywide effort without the political machine that propelled Mr. Daley successfully through six mayoral elections.

For Mr. Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, it may be especially important. Not only did Mr. Daley endorse him in his campaign for Congress in 2002, but he also gave Mr. Emanuel the full support of his army of patronage employees, who knocked on doors up and down the 5th Congressional district. This time, political experts said, Mr. Emanuel will not be able to count on that kind of help.

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