*The race for mayor of Chicago keeps getting more interesting by the minute. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), who is running for mayor of Chicago, has a message for former President Bill Clinton (coming to the city next month to stump for Davis rival Rahm Emanuel) and President Obama (who helped launch Emanuel’s campaign): Stay away.
As long-ago Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) once said, “All politics is local,” and in this case, Davis doesn’t want the current and former presidents to bolster the candidacy of Emanuel, the front-runner.
Emanuel has strong ties to both men. He was a fundraiser in Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and went on to be a senior adviser in the Clinton White House.
And he was Obama’s chief of staff, who got quite a boost from the president when Obama hosted a White House departure ceremony for Emanuel the day he quit the administration to return to Chicago to run for mayor.
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