Last month New Yorkers piled on Michael Bloomberg for his handling of the blizzard that paralyzed the city. (Newark's Cory Booker, on the other hand, kept constituents happy by responding to individual complaints on Twitter.)
Now it's Chicago mayor Richard Daley's turn to defend his winter-weather response. In a press conference today he praised citizens, city crews and emergency response teams for their efforts, but added that the city has "a long way to go" before life returns to normal.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the mayor has been criticized for two reasons. First, hundreds of people and vehicles were stranded after Lake Shore Drive, a main artery, was shut down for 34 hours. Second, Daley has avoided making a public statement until now, preferring to let other city officials address storm management questions.
Daley told the Trib that he chose to stay in the background because "this is not a Daley show," and insisted that his deputies "speak for me." As for Lake Shore Drive, he admitted the city "did not do well" in that area.
Other Chicagoans might have expressed this sentiment in stronger terms.
@alisonbonaguro LSD is a mess that Mayor Daley's legacy will be tainted by. No reason to have live news crews reps at 9p yet rescues til 5a
Wow, daley really bungled LSD. I know he's not getting re-elected. #fb
Daley has already said he won't run for a seventh term as mayor -- but still, point taken.
Lest we forget, here's what the blizzard looked like in Chicago.
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