Mayor Emanuel Joins Calls For Indicted Chicago Lawmaker To Step Down

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined the calls for state Rep.  Derrick Smith to resign over bribery allegations.

Despite winning the Democratic primary, Smith should not remain on the ballot, Emanuel said Friday.

Smith faces federal bribery charges .

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

At an unrelated event at Curie High School, Emanuel, a fellow Democrat, said Smith’s alleged actions do not reflect the honor of public service.

“All of us are involved in public service. Even people who work at CPS and deal with contracts are public servants. They should not violate that code of conduct. It’s an honor to serve the public,” the mayor said.

Emanuel was referring to the Chicago Public Schools’ food service manager, who faces termination for reportedly accepting lavish gifts from two contractors.

Some fellow Democrats endorsed Smith last week over his primary opponent, but more recently the state House has set up a panel to investigate him.


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  • zatso

    The Mayor, Madigan, and other stupid Democynics who didn’t say a word before the election should shut-up now.

    They lacked common sense before and don ‘t deserve any leeway now.

    Wake up people, your silence puts you in their shoes and labels you the same as them.


    • tom sharp

      Totally agree Zatso. This POS Mayor and the other Democratic crooks somehow only realized this loser’s guilt after the election. The first definition under “Hypocrite” in the Dictionary is “Cook County Democrat.”

      • G-Lep

        And, to those paying only loose attention, Queen Rahm “looks good” making this statement now. Whadda freakin’ circus act!!

  • Jmason

    The Democrats don’t want to lose the House. So they now want to put in someone know one has any said about. And then they well be able do what ever they want

  • PG

    This would be funny if it was a television show, but unfortunately, it’s just another dirty chapter in Illinois politics. The guy gets arrested for bribery, runs for re-election anyhow, and the IDIOTS in his district voted for him. No other politician seemed to be calling for his resignation before the election, nor did any of them call for him to not run. Only after he’s re-elected (by the aforementioned IDIOTS in his district) do they think what he did was wrong and he needs to go.

  • THEE Yard Ape

    Rahm must certainly be a racist for picking on this poor negro!!! I, for one, am outraged!!!

  • blackbettyboop39

    Thee Yard Ape, you are a sorry soul who hides behind the computer acting like a tough guy.


    all of the democrates calling for him to step down are johnny-come-latlys.

  • State Panel To Review Charges Against Rep. Derrick Smith « CBS Chicago

    […] Mayor Rahm Emanuel added last week that Smith should not remain on the ballot. […]

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