UPDATE 4 P.M. CHICAGO TIME
Braun's campaign issued a second, stronger statement hitting Clinton for "parachuting" into Chicago and slammed Emanuel on several fronts. Her statement at the end of the post.
Chicago Mayoral hopeful former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) added her voice to a warning issued by mayoral rival Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.): Don't come to Chicago to campaign for Rahm Emanuel or risk his relationship with African Americans.
On Tuesday, Davis got this ball rolling when he issued a statement telling Clinton to stay away from the mayoral election. Emanuel is the front-runner and Davis and Braun--both African American--need a big black vote if they have any chance of coming in second. The Feb. 22 contest is non-partisan and if no one gets 50 percent, a run-off between the top two finishers will be held April 5. Davis told me in an interview he also wanted President Obama--who has been helpful to Emanuel's campaign--to stay out of the mayoral contest. My column on this is here.
Here's what is new: Though Clinton appointed Braun as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa after she lost her Senate re-election bid, a statement from her campaign issued Wednesday morning was strongly worded:
Said Braun,"Bill Clinton is an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider. Rahm's residency status continues to be challenged in court. It's not yet clear that he will be on the ballot. At the same time former president Clinton risks his legacy and the great respect that he has enjoyed among African Americans by coming to Chicago to endorse Rahm Emanuel who is running for mayor against two black candidates.
"Clinton should remember New Hampshire where he called Barack Obama's opposition to the war in Iraq 'a fairy tale.' He was wrong.
"Clinton should remember South Carolina where he played the race card painting Obama as "the black candidate". Again he was wrong. Bill Clinton will be wrong again if he gets involved in the Chicago mayoral contest. He should stay home and avoid
below, from Moseley Braun campaign....
MAYORAL CANDIDATE CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN'S
STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON'S
SUPPORT OF RAHM EMANUEL
December 29, 2010 -- Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun issued the following statement regarding President Bill Clinton's fundraising efforts on behalf of Rahm Emanuel:
"Bill Clinton's decision to parachute into Chicago to support Rahm Emanuel is an example of an outsider coming to town to support another outsider.
"We know that Mr. Clinton and Emanuel have a relationship. But if Rahm is going to invite his buddies to Chicago to campaign for him then he ought to invite his friend Bart Stupak, who along with Rahm took a woman's right to choose out of the health care bill. He ought to invite his buddy Tom Tancredo who blocked the Dream Act. Or he can have his friend Leland Brendsel stop by. Brendsel was in charge of Freddie Mac and played a huge role in the mortgage meltdown, and was a major Rahm contributor.
"Chicago voters are sophisticated and they can see through Rahm's smoke and they can see past his mirrors. Voters are going to look at the issues that impact their lives and decide which candidate puts their interests first, and which candidate does not."
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