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 heʼll 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.