Clinton Rallies With Candidate Emanuel

UPDATED 01/18/11 11:04 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — One of Rahm Emanuel’s former bosses gave the mayoral candidate a very personal reference Wednesday morning in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore Reports, short of Emanuel’s lavish sendoff by President Barack Obama last year when he resigned as White House chief of staff, former President Bill Clinton’s endorsement is the most high-powered for Emanuel.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Craig Dellimore reports

Clinton headlined a rally for Emanuel at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, then was to join him for a fundraiser.

Emanuel worked on the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992, and then in the Clinton White House as a senior adviser.

Clinton’s upcoming visit stirred controversy last month when U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), who was then running for mayor, said Clinton could jeopardize his relationship with the black community if he campaigned for Emanuel instead of a black candidate.

He urged Clinton, “Just be neutral (in this election.)”

Shortly after that, Davis dropped out of the mayor’s race and only one major African-American candidate remains, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Braun also complained last month about Clinton’s involvement, saying it amounts to an outsider helping another outsider in the race.

Clinton is a popular draw on the campaign trail and was in Chicago before the November election.

  • maggie

    Clinton has the right to help any one he wants,why do the blacks feel he should help them ,maybe if they had a better canidate it would help.Carol braun.PLEASE give me a break.

    • mare

      Thank you.

  • Slick Willy

    I hope he offers Rahm a cigar.

  • ron

    mayor daley please stay. people respected you weather,yellow or brown.done a lot of good for chicago.pres. clinton a very good was good for everybody.i thought we were getting over racism.sure dont seem like it. lets put one black,one white and thats just what we are about who can do the best for chicago.promote buss. to come here.people to work.lower taxes.people in other states gotta be laughing.cause it seems like race issue.we r a major midwest city.with a lot of people.and a lot of room for as people we should vote whos gonna to the best job.not because of race or policatal friends.but in my heart i will vote for emanuel.i belive he is the best canidate.yes and bring clinton to back him cant hurt nothing hopefully bring major buss. to our loved city.and mayor daley thank you for your years of service

  • James McKay

    And you know if Obama wasn’t a seated POTUS, he’d be out there supporting Rahm as well. Rahm was the first Chief of Staff to the USA’s first black President. Obama is the US’s top black leader and he would endorse Rahm.

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