"Rahm’s re-election is essential to maintaining the value of Chicago’s debt market. We need a strong capable leader… I would worry about the value of the Chicago debt if Rahm was not re-elected…. It’s a concern if we have some of the less responsible people running against him," Kirk said.
"None of them could command the respect of the bond market. A collapse of Chicago debt, which already happened with Detroit, I think would soon follow if somebody who was really inexperienced and irresponsible replaced Rahm."A sensitive person might interpret Kirk's comments as a bit racist given that Emanuel is Jewish and Garcia is Hispanic. Emanuel's opponent dismissed Kirk's comments as "partisan politics." In theory, Chicago mayoral candidates run for office in a non-partisan election, although their campaigns are clearly organized along party lines. Chicago is a one-party town where Republicans rarely win election to office. Kirk's comments come as a newly-released poll shows Emanuel in a dead heat with Garcia. The Ogden & Fry poll shows Emanuel leading Garcia by a small margin of 42.9% to 38.5%. The pollster warned that the poll likely under counts Garcia's support, particularly among Hispanic voters.