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As he prepares for his long mayoral obsolescence, Rahm Emanuel can’t help but weigh in on the growing field of hopefuls trying to succeed him.
During an interview Thursday with WLS-AM reporter Bill Cameron, Emanuel said higher-profile candidates are kicking the tires on getting into the race because they must not think much of the current 12-person field.
“I don’t want to play analyst, but since you asked, I’ll play analyst. Ow, my hands behind my back, ow, ow, ow, ow,” the inveterately political Emanuel said. “OK, here it is, so, look, if other candidates, just take Toni Preckwinkle, Bill Daley or Susana Mendoza, are thinking about this, it means they don’t think the other ones, who’ve been at this for five months, are a roadblock.
“They’re not — either on financial or intellectual or policy ideas – they have not created such an important speed bump to anybody else, at this point, getting in,” he said. “So that’s why I think we don’t know yet.”
Asked whether he was endorsing the possible candidacies of those three in particular, Emanuel added outgoing U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez to the mix.
“I would say Congressman Gutierrez has a right to look at it and has said as much,” he said. “No, I just meant, I don’t want to sit here and go down the list, then we’d be here for another half-hour and I have some other things I want to say.”
The interview will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on WLS-AM’s “Connected to Chicago” program. (John Byrne)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Emanuel will speak as the Chicago Park District announces the relocation of its headquarters.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner will make a farming announcement in Downstate Auburn. First lady Diana Rauner will speak at an Illinois Public Health Association conference in Normal.
*Former President Barack Obama will be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to accept an ethics award.
*Planned Parenthood’s Illinois political arm will endorse Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul at an event including Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
From the notebook
*Pritzker sends Cullerton more help: Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker’s campaign has poured another half-million dollars into the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, the political committee run by state Senate President John Cullerton.
The latest contribution reported Thursday brings Pritzker’s campaign contributions to that fund to $1.5 million since May.
The Senate Democratic Victory Fund reported nearly $1.8 million in the bank as of July 1, plus another $330,000 in investments. Including Pritzker’s donation, it has raised nearly another $1.8 million since.
Another fund to assist Downstate Senate Democrats, the Illinois Democratic Heartland Committee, had $1 million to start July and has gotten $587,300 since — including $500,000 from Pritzker in July. He has given that fund $1 million since May.
In addition, Cullerton’s personal campaign fund has added $327,100 to the $605,000 it reported on July 1, plus another $323,000 in investments. And that’s on top of the fund he controls as a Democratic state central committeeman, which had $283,343 to start July and has gotten another $16,600 since.
In contrast, the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee, controlled by Senate GOP leader Bill Brady, reported $1.6 million in the bank on July 1 and has raised another $133,470 since. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign has given $6 million to the House Republican Organization this year but nothing directly to the Senate GOP, campaign finance records show. (Rick Pearson)
*Harold campaign digs deeper at Raoul with Madigan: Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold’s campaign is doubling down on its attempts to link Democratic rival Kwame Raoul to House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The Republican from Urbana has unveiled RaoulMadigan.com and contends Raoul, a state senator from Chicago, has had a 14-year partnership with the powerful speaker, who is Rauner’s chief political nemesis.
“State Sen. Kwame Raoul. House Speaker Mike Madigan. Two career politicians who share the same failed agenda. They might be in separate chambers in the General Assembly, but make no mistake — Raoul and Madigan have worked hand-in-hand over the last 14 years, pushing policies that have run our state into the ground,” the website says.
Raoul has decried the Harold campaign’s attempts to tie him to Madigan as tired rhetoric following the $1 million Rauner has given the Republican’s campaign.
Shortly after announcing the website, the Harold campaign sent an email plea for donations of $5 or more to counter “Madigan’s candidate, Kwame Raoul.” (Rick Pearson)
*Speaker-on-speaker violence: Also getting in on the anti-Madigan message is the Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The group released another TV ad attacking Democratic challenger Sean Casten of Downers Grove in his race against Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton in the west and northwest suburbs.
“Casten talks about cleaning up Washington, but he’s just another shady Madigan-machine politician who would make Washington worse,” a Congressional Leadership Fund spokesman says in a statement announcing the new ad.
Roskam has gone down this road before, releasing an ad last month referring to the “Casten-Madigan tax plan.” (Mike Riopell)
*On the “Sunday Spin”: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are strategist and author Michael Golden on national and Chicago politics; Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady of Bloomington on GOP politics; and Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Ruthhart on the mayoral campaign without Emanuel. The “Sunday Spin” airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN AM-720.
What we’re writing
*Chicago cops will radio in incidents when they point a gun at someone, after Emanuel and Madigan reach deal.
*Misconduct inquiry into state Rep. Lou Lang closed.
*Van Dyke freed after judge raises bail slightly for giving interviews to Tribune, local station.
What we’re reading
*Smash a TV, relieve stress? Patrons pay to break stuff at “rage rooms” in Chicago, across the country.
*Say, it’s so. Weezer joins Riot Fest lineup.
*Burt Reynolds, star of “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” dies at 82.
Follow the money
*Kavanaugh doesn’t condemn Trump attacks on judiciary.
*Lots of Trump administration officials deny penning anonymous op-ed.
*Twitter bans Alex Jones.
*Brazil presidential candidate stabbed.
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September 7, 2018 at 05:16AM