Podcast: Can Garcia defeat Emanuel in Chicago Mayoral runoff April 7?

Why did Chicago Mayoral Rahm Emanuel fail to win the majority votes he needed in the Feb. 24 Mayoral election, and how did Jesus Chuy Garcia put together the coalition that denied Emanuel that victory. Ray Hanania and Monroe Anderson discuss some of the issues in this radio interview

By Ray Hanania

RayHananiaColumnBoxFormer Chicago City Hall and political reporters Monroe Anderson and Ray Hanania discuss the factors that will help decide the April 7 Chicago Mayoral Runoff election on Talk of the Town Radio Friday (4 PM) February 27, 2015 on 1450 AM Radio and live online at www.YahalaVoice.com.

Garcia won 34 percent of the Chicago mayoral election vote on February 24 and Mayor Emanuel failed to win the 50 percent he needed to be re-elected, taking only 45 percent of the vote. That forced Emanuel into a runoff with Garcia who received more votes than any of Emanuel’s other challengers including Aldermen Robert Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and former Mayor Harold Washington administration aid William “Doc” Walls.

Anderson, who now writes a political column for the Chicago Defender, and Hanania, who is a media consultant and columnist with the Southwest Newspaper Group and Illinois News Network (www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com) discuss the influence of the African American voters in the election.Is Jesus Chuy Garcia strong enough to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel and how can he win.

What are Emanuel’s weaknesses and Garcia’s weaknesses? How do you explain the role of Garcia’s strongest and closest political ally Congressman Luis Gutierrez endorsing Emanuel and abandoning Garcia and the Mexican American majority voters in his congressional district? Anderson and Hanania discusses these and other issues.

Monroe Anderson

Monroe Anderson

Hanania is managing editor also of The Arab Daily News website at www.TheArabDailyNews.com and discusses the bias of Mayor Emanuel against American Arab voters.

Anderson and Hanania discuss why Emanuel has ostracized and ignored voter constituencies like American Arabs and if he can do that to American Arabs what prevents him from doing that to other ethnic and racial voting constituencies like Blacks and Hispanics and Asians?

Anderson and Hanania take calls from radio listeners on the mayoral race and the issues that Garcia and Emanuel face.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Blogger, Columnist at Illinois News Network Online
Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley). And, Hanania is a stubborn and loud critic of the biased mainstream American news media.

Hanania Chicago political beats and Chicago City Hall at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published the The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate. He has written for the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star of Lebanon, the News of the World in London, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, The Saudi Gazette, the Arab News in Jeddah, and Aramco Magazine.

Hanania's Chicagoland columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald, the Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News and the Palos Reporter newspapers.

He is President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

His personal website is www.TheMediaOasis.com. Email him at: [email protected]
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