CHICAGO, Illinois Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off a political cliff when he said Chick-fil-A’s values were not Chicago’s values, and some of his constituents are telling him so on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. And others may choose to do so at the polls during his next election.
The former White House employee obviously forgot that he represents all of Chicago’s citizens and not just those who share his views, like the minority that believe in same-sex marriage.
He also appeared to forget that he needs those Christian voters who helped put him into office the first time, like Reginald Baucus, who is the pastor of a West Side church in the state. And some Christian leaders in the state are reminding him of that fact.
“Do not disrespect us,” warned Rev. Charles Lyons of the Armitage Baptist Church.
And the good reverend wasn’t alone in addressing the former White House chief of staff’s political blunder, as many Christians in the Chicago community also let it be known that he didn’t speak for them either in the Chick-fil-A controversy, including the Cardinal Francis George.
Rahm, who followed Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno in the hotly contested issue, had hoped to use his position as mayor to denounce Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statements in support of traditional marriage.
And that’s where he went wrong, as the city is split on the issue rather than in support of gay couples, as he insinuated. But the record was soon set straight, with an outpouring of support for traditional marriage and Chick-fil-A eventually culminating in the creation of an “appreciation day” to be observed on Wednesday, August 1.
And even Rev. Billy Graham plans to be in attendance for it, calling for everyone to “eat mor chikin” in Chicago and elsewhere Wednesday.
The former Obama official also erred, according to legal experts, when he supported the impression that politics would be played in order to keep out the chicken sandwich franchise Fox News reported.
With the Obama administration facing record highs in unemployment in an election year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed to forget that his citizens—including the Christian ones—might add him to that number if he doesn’t become part of the country’s solution rather than making new problems.
Rahm has only to look back at what motivated his friend and predecessor, the former Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley, to not run in 2011 in order to know his political future is now at risk