WASHINGTON–Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has treated people roughly for years–my goodness, it is not fun to be on the receiving end, but it does toughen you up–and it will be interesting how he translates to dealings with Chicago’s 50-member City Council when he is sworn in as mayor in Mayor.
The Wednesday Washington Post--in a story by Anne Kornblut about troubled relations with Cabinet members–and how Chief of Staff Bill Daley is trying to repair the damage–we get this insight into Emanuel’s management style:
From the Post: “According to two administration officials, Cabinet secretaries complained to the new administration that Emanuel did not help them set priorities but instead only called to complain when things went wrong. “Rahm was always moving too fast, thought the Cabinet was useless, didn’t have time for it, everything was full speed ahead – fast, fast, fast, can’t stop to explain it to somebody,” said one Democratic operative who is allied with Emanuel and still consults with the administration. By contrast, the operative said, “Daley comes with a different sensibility about how the Cabinet can be utilized.”
Still, one senior White House aide said, Daley has told Cabinet members that the relationship is a “two-way street” and that “if they want more influence and involvement, then they have to do more.”