Morning Spin: Playing mayoral race analyst, Rahm Emanuel points to Preckwinkle, Daley, Mendoza, Gutierrez

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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.

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

*Mayor’s race latest: U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Mike Quigley, plus lawyer Gery Chico considering.

*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

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*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

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