Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel, the Politico's Mike Allen is reporting on Saturday morning. Emanuel left Chicago to work for the Clinton presidential campaign in Little Rock, Ark. as a fund-raiser and joined his White House. Clinton stumped for Emanuel on Chicago's North Side when he first ran for a House seat and faced a heated Democratic primary.
Clinton on Emanuel at the 2009 Gridiron Club dinner:
"Look, I know Axelrod from Chicago and Valerie. I know them before. Let's get this straight," Clinton said in his setup. "I found Rahm. I created Rahm. I made him the man he is today. I am so sorry," quipped Clinton.
Clinton traveled to Chicago on February, 2002 to stump and fund-raise for Emanuel's first House race....excerpts from the Feb. 2, 2002 story I wrote at the time:
..."Clinton came to Chicago to appear at two fund-raisers for Emanuel--who served as his senior adviser for seven years and whose portfolio included significant work on Clinton's crime initiatives--and at an event highlighting health coverage for the uninsured. Clinton tried to soften Emanuel's abrasive reputation by fondly commenting about an aide who was known as one of Clinton's fiercest loyalists and biggest defenders, even during the darkest days of impeachment.
"People used to joke about in Washington how tough Rahm Emanuel was," Clinton said. "Well, you don't need a shrinking violet in the White House or in Congress. And the violets that don't shrink tend to get more things done than the ones that do."
Emanuel's major rival is former state Rep. Nancy Kaszak (D-Chicago). Newly filed financial disclosure statements show that Emanuel's war chest, with $947,552 on hand, dwarfs Kaszak's Dec. 31 balance of $64,883 and Dagher's $34,000
Emanuel, who was a professional fund-raiser before joining the Clinton White House, tapped into Clinton's fund-raising network. Emanuel's campaign expected Clinton's visit to raise about $135,000, through a $100-a-ticket event at the Park West on the North Side and a $1,000-a-person smaller reception at a home on East Lake Shore Drive.
It just makes us work that much harder," Dagher said.
...Bracing for an Emanuel television ad blitz that will likely feature Clinton in some spots, Kaszak said she will be able to overcome Emanuel's big financial advantage.
The people of the Fifth Congressional District cannot be bought," she said.
Clinton appeared with Emanuel at the Infant Welfare Society, 1931 N. Halsted. As his wife, three children and father watched, Emanuel seemed to choke up as he thanked Clinton for his lavish praise. Emanuel called for a massive expansion of a government-bankrolled health insurance program for low-income children to basically cover almost all uninsured adults.