Howard Dean Backs Rahm Emanuel's Rival For Chicago Mayor

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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