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A day after the Illinois Supreme Court reinstated Rahm Emanuel on the Chicago mayoral ballot, his campaign released a radio ad featuring President Obama praising his former White House chief of staff.
Obama has not officially endorsed Emanuel, but that may become a distinction without much of a difference. Obama hosted a lavish send-off for Emanuel at the White House East Room on Oct. 1, and his comments about Emanuel's role as chief of staff are highlighted in the spot.
"I needed somebody at my side who I could count on to help get the job done. There was no candidate for the job of chief of staff who would meet the bill as well as Rahm Emanuel. And that's why I told him he had no choice in the matter. He was not allowed to say no."
The Emanuel campaign hopes that his connection to the nation's first African-American president will help him win votes among Chicago's black voters. Voting in Chicago often, though not always, falls along racial lines. One of his chief rivals, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), is depending on black votes; other strong black candidates, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago), dropped out in order to let Braun leverage the black vote.
Early voting starts in Chicago on Monday. If no one wins more than 50 percent in the Feb. 22 non-partisan primary, the top two vote-getters face off in an April 5 general election.

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Chicago is a tough city and needs a tough mayor, Rahm Emanuel. Chicago needs a pit bull, and Emanuel is your guy. Rahm Emanuel loves Chicago just like Mayor Daley does. I wish him and the beautiful city on Lake Michigan the very best.

February 26 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Chicago elects Obama's angry naked attack dog, they get exactly what they deserve. On the other hand, better Chicago than America.

January 29 2011 at 12:32 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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