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Rahm Emanuel not "inevitable:" Gery Chico Chicago mayoral strategy memo

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WASHINGTON--Chicago mayoral hopeful Gery Chico's top campaign strategist penned a memo arguing that the lead rival Rahm Emanuel has now may not hold, that his winning the mayoralty is not "inevitable."

Emanuel is at the top of all polls. He has spent more than $1 million so far in his campaign. No rival is on the air with ads right now and Emanuel's spots have been running for weeks.

Ken Snyder, Chico's senior strategist said in his memo, not referring to Emanuel by name, "Lately, some in the political class have expressed doubt about whether a scrappy, insurgent campaign like ours can take on the deep pockets and Washington campaign tactics of Rahm Emanuel. They are suggesting that the election is already over and that Rahm is "inevitable."

"Not so fast.

"Despite the fact that no candidate has a resume built for Mayor like Gery, he remains relatively unknown. This is good news for us. It means Gery has the room to grow significantly in the polls as voters begin to learn about his story, record and vision.

"The last candidate who was said to be this "inevitable" was Hillary Clinton. We all know how that story ended.

"Just last year the pundits said that it was inevitable that Terry O'Brien would win the race for Cook County Board President. Toni Preckwinkle started out at 12 percent in the polls, but voters had another plan."

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below, strategy memo from the Chico campaign.....


TO: Chico Campaign Team
FR: Ken Snyder, Senior Strategist
Gery Chico for Mayor

SUBJECT: Rahm the Inevitable?

In early October, we began our campaign to elect the most qualified candidate to lead the city of Chicago: Gery Chico.

We all knew what we were up against - celebrity, unlimited resources and the status quo. I'm proud of the fact that we've worked around the clock, each and every day, to overcome these obstacles because we believe it is time to take our city in a new direction. And your hard work is paying off - our campaign is building momentum, from our rising poll numbers to a dramatic surge in our fundraising.

Just today, we raised over $200,000.00. In fact, we've raised more money just in the month of December then we raised in November and October combined. We will have the resources necessary to communicate our message to voters.

We are well positioned to make the Feb. 22 runoff.

Lately, some in the political class have expressed doubt about whether a scrappy, insurgent campaign like ours can take on the deep pockets and Washington campaign tactics of Rahm Emanuel. They are suggesting that the election is already over and that Rahm is "inevitable."

Not so fast.

Despite the fact that no candidate has a resume built for Mayor like Gery, he remains relatively unknown. This is good news for us. It means Gery has the room to grow significantly in the polls as voters begin to learn about his story, record and vision.

The last candidate who was said to be this "inevitable" was Hillary Clinton. We all know how that story ended.

Just last year the pundits said that it was inevitable that Terry O'Brien would win the race for Cook County Board President. Toni Preckwinkle started out at 12 percent in the polls, but voters had another plan.

We know that money and conventional wisdom only get you so far in Chicago politics. No one will win the Mayor's race without actually running a campaign and engaging with the citizens of Chicago.

Yet, one of our opponents wants to push an "inevitability" campaign and clings to polling numbers that are meaningless at this stage of the race.

After spending well over a million dollars on television ads, our internal polling shows that Rahm's support has actually decreased by four percent - and despite not having run a single campaign ad - Gery's numbers have risen by five percent. A nine- point swing before Christmas is a great start.

As people start to learn about Gery's record of service and his ideas for Chicago, the support surges even further.

Make no mistake - we could not have gotten to this point without you. Your hard work is making our mission to elect Gery as Chicago's next mayor possible.

The fight continues. Thank you so much for your hard work.

Ken Snyder
Senior Strategist

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