Rahm Emanuel Doesn't Lose

Karen Lewis, the one opponent who would certainly have given Emanuel a runoff, emerged the victor in their faceoff during the 2012 teachers strike. Vibrant, hyper-articulate, funny (she’s a former standup comic), the president of the Chicago Teachers Union was on the verge of announcing her candidacy last October, when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Supporters now say "instead of fighting Rahm, she'll be fighting for her life." Many call the situation "tragic." I call it convenient.

"Certainly one thing that lead to Emanuel's win is apparently he did very well amongst African-Americans. Perhaps did better than Garcia, and maybe that's the thing that won him the election. It certainly would have been a different story with Lewis."

Rahm Emanuel Thuf Life

 Raising money from Republican donors might seem odd for the former chief of staff to the Obama White House, but Emanuel’s campaign and super PAC have received millions from wealthy benefactors from the opposing party.

In total, Republican donors have put more than $2.3 million behind Emanuel’s re-election since Jan. 1, 2013, according to Illinois campaign finance records. These contributions account for 10 percent of all donations Emanuel and his super PAC have received in that period of time.

Mr. Emanuel's own campaign committee is not exactly short of cash. It had $7.4 million in the bank at last report, with former President Bill Clinton in town this evening to help Mr. Emanuel raise even more.

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If you sit by a river long enough, you'll see the body of your enemy float by.
Old Japanese proverb