Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel, who left his job as White House chief of staff on Friday, has his main campaign elements in place. It's Sunday and his website is live ---a video announcement about his run is supposed to be posted sometime Sunday to compliment his Monday retail street campaigning in the city. Key staff is in place. Emanuel's campaign started Google ads running over the weekend.
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FAIRCHILD, GIANGRECO JOIN EMANUEL TEAM
Staff news first: Pete Giangreco is signed on as the direct mail consultant--though he will bring a wider portfolio to the campaign. Giangreco is a veteran of scores local, state and campaigns and was a key member of the Obama presidential campaign team. Giangreco is also advising Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias.
The manager will be Scott Fairchild. Fairchild bio...
Scott Fairchild has worked for Congressman Patrick Murphy (PA-08) since May of
2006. He is currently his Chief of Staff. Fairchild managed Murphy's first re-elect and his challenger race back in 2006. Additionally, he was a Senior Advisor to the Bill Foster for Congress campaign waged to reclaim Speaker Hastert's seat in 2008. After winning that race he helped manage Foster's transition to Congress.
AKPD--David Axelrod's old firm--will be the main consultants handling media and other matters. As I reported earlier, AKPD vice president of political affairs, Buffy Wicks--one of the nation's top grass roots organizers--a veteran of the Obama presidential campaign--will be a player on the Emanuel campaign.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Emanuel's send off Friday by President Obama in the East Room was lampooned on "Saturday Night Live"--using the Rambo motiff--in the lead skit and on "Weekend Update"
RAHM'S WEBSITE: Makes extensive use of Obama's send-off ceremony from the East Room on Friday. Includes video of the event and a transcript of Obama's and Emanuel's remarks.
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