Emanuel arrives at a ceremony for signing of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in Chicago, Illinois

After winning runoff election, Chicago Mayor Emanuel faces tougher road

Emanuel arrives at a ceremony for signing of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in Chicago, IllinoisBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to show a softer side during his successful battle against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, but political observers doubt his sometimes abrasive style will change much as he struggles with the city’s mounting fiscal problems. Emanuel, former aide to President Barack Obama, won re-election on Tuesday in the city’s first-ever mayoral runoff. After Emanuel failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 24 first round of voting, he appeared in TV ads in a sweater, instead of his usual business suit, and admitted he sometimes rubs people the wrong way. Now observers of Chicago politics are wondering how much Emanuel – who said Tuesday he will be a better mayor because of the election – can change.

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