After a handful of aldermen voted against a deal to refinance the city's debt in Wednesday's council meeting, while others scuffled over an inspector-general ordinance, Emanuel dismissed suggestions in a City Hall news conference that he was losing control of aldermen.
"Before you all said that they're too much of a rubber stamp," Emanuel said to reporters.
At last count, Emanuel amassed 89 percent of all aldermanic votes, and has yet to have a proposal outright rejected by the council.
Emanuel criticized the question of weakness, and said reporters can't have it both ways. He then compared them to a Jewish mother who gives her son blue and green sweaters. When the son wears the blue sweater first, she immediately asks, "What's wrong with the green sweater?"
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