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Emanuel Responds To Critics On Schools, Fashion

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been under fire as he serves the final year of his first term in office from editorial writers, voters, even fashion critics.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports you might be surprised at what bothered criticism bothers him the most, comments about what he wore with his daughter at a Chicago Blackhawks game.

“If your daughter at 15 still wants to be seen with you, don’t worry about how I’m dressed,” said Emanuel. “That she wants to be seen with her dad, not embarrassed, trust me, you got other things you can worry about. Don’t worry about and how I dress at a Blackhawks game.”

As to things he might be worrying about, like battles with the teachers union over school hours and school closings, Emanuel says, “I got into public service to make sure the kids of the city of Chicago has full school day and full school year and I will not back down because I will not be a politician or a public servant that said, you know what, I’ll say it when I run for office, but when I get here, that’s hard, forget about it.”

When asked about perceptions that he is in trouble, Emanuel responded, “There are ups and downs…you stay true to your principles, you stay true to who you are and you don’t change, you stay committed to making sure there are results and you stay true to what you believe in because the moment you decide that you’re going to blow in the wind, folks are smart and they’ll smell it.”

Levine reports the emotion Emanuel showed when talking about his daughter and family brings to mind emotional exchanges with both Mayors Daley, who were also on the verge of tears when talking about their kids, maybe the only thing this mayor and the Daleys have in common.