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Rahm Emanuel Sat Dec 25 2010

President Clinton To Endorse Emanuel

Politico's Mike Allen reports that former President Bill Clinton will endorse Rahm Emanuel:

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to endorse and campaign with Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, who served in his White House from 1993 to 1998, ultimately as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy. In January; date TBD. Clinton has been focused on the William J. Clinton Foundation since Nov. 2, so this'll be his first political appearance of the new cycle. Expect to hear about Rahm's role in passing the COPS initiative, which added 100,000 cops to the streets and helped drop crime rates to a 26-year low. This dream team - marrying WJC's charm and Rahm's doggedness -- will help popularize the POLITICO view that when Emanuel qualified for the ballot, he all but became the next mayor of Second City. Election is Feb. 22, with a possible runoff April 5.

Before Emanuel served in the Obama Administration he was a senior adviser to President Clinton so this isn't totally out of the blue. The endorsement will also further cement Emanuel's chances as Clinton is popular among both Democrats and Independents.

 
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anthony s / December 26, 2010 7:12 PM

Emanual was an advisor to Pres. Clinton but never chief of staff

Daniel / December 26, 2010 8:50 PM

You're very right. Thanks for noting that. Changing now.

Spook / December 28, 2010 11:44 PM

I wonder who's next from Obamaland to make this coordination all Britishie?
Joe Biden? Valerie Jarrett?
Michelle perhaps?????

And something tells me that there will be an "underground railroad" connecting Axelrod's Chicago office and Rham's campaign office!

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

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