Rahm Emanuel vs. Jesús Garcia
Former presidential candidate Howard Dean endorsed Rahm Emanuel’s rival for Chicago mayor, hoping to give Jesús “Chuy” Garcia a boost before the April 7 runoff.
“When I ran for president in 2004, I told supporters in my stump speech that I represented the ‘Democratic wing of the Democratic Party’, ” said Dean, in a statement e-mailed to members of liberal group Democracy for America, which he founded.
Dean said Garcia, a Cook County commissioner and former Chicago city councilman, is “running a similar people-powered campaign in Chicago and that’s why I am proud to announce that I am endorsing him as the progressive choice to be Chicago’s next mayor.”
There is a history of bad blood between Dean and Emanuel, the former Obama chief of staff and congressman seeking a second term as Chicago’s mayor. During the 2006 election cycle — when Dean was running the Democratic National Committee and Emanuel was chief of the House Democrats’ campaign arm — the two men feuded over the best use of the national party’s dollars and resources. They reportedly patched up after a White House lunch in 2009.
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