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Carol Moseley Braun slams Rahm Emanuel's Hollywood fund-raiser, Obama chief of staff tenure


Chicago mayoral hopeful Carol Moseley Braun, the former senator and ambassador, slammed rival Rahm Emanuel's Hollywood fund-raiser on Thursday--but perhaps more telling, hit his tenure as chief of staff for President Obama. That Emanuel helped Obama in the White House is "fiction," Moseley Braun asserted.

Said Moseley Braun in a statement, "On this day when President Obama and Illinois Democrats are still recovering from the painful political debacle that he was the architect of, Rahm Emanuel is off in Hollywood hanging out with bankers and billionaires. But maybe Hollywood is where he belongs because the story of how he "helped" the Obama
administration when he was chief of staff is indeed fiction.

"Rahm Emanuel cut and ran after pushing policies that lead to the biggest Democratic Party political loss in 27 years.

"He left the President holding the bag. If Rahm abandoned the President of the United
States, what makes anybody think he╩╝ll stick by regular Chicagoans?" Moseley Braun said.

Blaming Emanuel for Obama's political woes following Tuesday's Democratic thumping-- ups the ante. Emanuel did not exactly cut and run. He said--starting last January--that he was only going to stay on for about two years. That Emanuel departed when he did was triggered by Mayor Richard Daley's surprise September announcement that he would not seek a seventh term next year and the need to pull together a campaign from scratch since nominating petition are due later this month.

Emanuel stepped down as chief of staff to run for mayor with a tremendous White House send-off--an East Room ceremony headlined by Obama

Another mayoral candidate, Gery Chico, is also poking at Emanuel for the Thursday fund-raiser in Los Angeles, hosted by his brother, Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel and other entertainment industry moguls: David Geffen, Bob Iger, Peter Chernin and Haim Saban. The event will be in Saban's Beverly Hills home.

Chico's campaign is planning an event tonight at the Hollywood Grill in Chicago.

Petitions to get on Chicago's ballot for the February primary--with at least 12,500 valid signatures-- are due on Nov. 22. The primary is non-partisan; if no candidate gets more than 50 percent, then the top two vote getters advance to an April run-off election.


Why is Lynn being a kiss ass apologist for Rahmbo ?

At this point Braun has my vote for petition!!! (Although that could change, at least she pulls no punches. Love that!!!)

Anyone who speaks against the establishment ie. the corrupt financial oligarchy that Rham is a card carrying member of who needs to be put in his place, they have my YES vote.

btw - I saw him last week at the Clark/Division redline stop, standing like a statue, he was looking for hand shakes, no one was stopping. I was about to - but I needed to get to my job where I teach people how to question authority. I should have asked him: so how's that NAFTA working for us you MOFO criminal????

Oh well, no one else was paying attention to him. He looked lost. LOL.

There is so much more that Chicagoans need to know about the sell-out - also known as Rahm. So here you go:

Lynn, while indeed Emanuel "did not exactly cut and run," it doesn't look good for him to have this fundraiser in the same week as big Democratic Party losses. It's also a really, really bad PR move to be fundraising in another state with bankers; how will this reflect on Emanuel's credibility with "average voters?"

I really thought Rahm was going to cruise to election as mayor. Now (thankfully) I'm not so certain that's going to happen. If Mosley-Braun can get past some of FEC violations of which she was accused, she could be quite the formidable opponent.

I agree here with Ms. Moseley-Braun and others of Rahm Emanuel's abandoning the U.S. first Black President, Mr. O'Bama; it is a shame and he sure will abandon Chicagoans in this mayoral race, I say regardless of money look at true values, Rahm Emanuel is not the one for Chicago, enough lies, heartache, left standing alone at the alter for this city, it deserves better and it is time for a better change, Ms. Moseley-Braun.

Carol Mosely Braun? Let's all turn back the clocks to the 1960's. Why not Gus Savage for mayor? LUUUCCYYY!! I'm home!

True he didn't cut and run. He set up the Dems for failure and then left, all according to plan. He's a corporate shill and he'll privatize everything he can get his hands on to enrich his friends and benefactors and thereby enrich himself. He won't care about the consequences either. Imagine the damage a privatized police or fire department will do to our city. Didn't pay? We'll let it burn. It's not like it hasn't happened elsewhere in our country.

The only upside is that as mayor the feds will likely investigate and prosecute his corrupt administration as he won't have the same kind of allies as mayor Daley.

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