Where the political and personal spheres of public figures overlap

July 25, 2011

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves a speech with his family during his campaign for mayor.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached the end of his mayoral honeymoon, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The verdict comes after the mayor walked out on an interview last week with Mary Ann Ahern, a political reporter for NBC 5 Chicago. Ahern pressed Emanuel about where his kids will go to school. Word had just come out that the children will attend the private University of Chicago Lab School. It's a familiar refrain from politicians – "Hands off my family, I'm the public figure," but are there times when it's appropriate to probe the personal lives of the political? If so, where is the line drawn? Mary Ann Ahern joined Eight Forty-Eight with her take.

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