Emanuel Attends Fundraiser For Milwaukee Mayor, Likely Challenger To Scott Walker

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel took some time off from running the city on Wednesday to campaign for a colleague up north, in Wisconsin, where the governor is facing a recall election later this year.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine, who traveled to Milwaukee in search of Emanuel, reports the mayor took some ribbing from the cheeseheads, though it was all behind tightly closed doors.

These are tumultuous political times in Wisconsin. The state’s primary election is just around the corner, and Gov. Scott Walker is facing a recall election after passing a state law that severely limits union bargaining rights in Wisconsin.

But as the headline of Wednesday’s fundraiser, Emanuel proved a bit elusive.

Several dozen Occupy movement activists and other demonstrators protested the mayor’s appearance at a fundraiser for his Milwaukee counterpart, Tom Barrett, who is considering a challenge against Walker in the recall election.

But protesters never saw Emanuel and he never heard their chants.

Dick Malmin, with the Coalition Against NATO/G8, said, “I’m protesting Rahm Emanuel’s war on the First Amendment.”

Malmin said the difficulty anti-war protesters have faced trying to obtain parade permits for the NATO Summit is an attack on free speech. He and others were kept behind police lines, far from where Emanuel’s two SUVs were spotted as they waited to make a quick exit after the mayor’s speech at a Barrett fundraiser.

Barrett supporter Paul Mathews said, “Our mayor considers Chicago a suburb of Milwaukee.”

Mathews said Emanuel took that news “in very good stride.”

Barrett, who also came and went without being seen, is both running for re-election and widely expected to run to replace Walker in the upcoming recall election.

Barrett’s brother, John Barrett, said his brother hasn’t told Emanuel his plans as far as the Walker recall election.

“I don’t know that he let on to his plans there, or not,” John Barrett said. “I don’t think he’s let too many people in on those plans, as his brother will testify.”

Reporters didn’t get the chance to ask Emanuel about his meeting with Barrett, as he left the event the same way he arrived – unseen.

The mayor spent barely an hour in Milwaukee, before returning to Chicago for a full afternoon of appointments at City Hall.

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  • G-Lep

    Birds of a feather
    Flock together.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Exactly. Allow me to also add – FUK U Rahm, atleast Walker has the ballz to stand up to the extortionized labor movement!!!

  • romano

    Recall process would be something Illinois could use!

  • Miguel Rivera

    IL needs a Walker type to become governor. Mayor of Chicago too. Could he/she be split in halve?

  • Just the Average Joe

    I hope those cheese heads are smarter than the people of IL, who consistently elect democrats that cater and bow to the union demands, to the point we are now broke. IL has the worst credit rating of any state, and you can’t lead from the bottom. Walker took some hard stands, maybe a little too hard, but the bottom line is those public employees have good jobs, benefits, and secure pensions, which is more than the public sector can expect in IL. The IL public sector orgy will be ending very soon without federal intervention or huge tax increases, because they have simply run out of options. There is little chance that this can or will end well, and WI is in much better shape finically than IL.

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