Clinton to rally, raise cash for Emanuel next week

Former president to campaign in Chicago for his former aide

January 13, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton is headed to Chicago next Tuesday to campaign for his former aide, mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. The event is scheduled to take place starting at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.

While there, Mr. Clinton will also headline a fundraising event for Emanuel, according to a source with knowledge of the event.

When news broke last month of a pending visit for Emanuel from the former Democratic president, it drew a sharp response from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who - at that time - was a candidate for mayor. Davis urged Clinton "not to become involved" in the election.

"The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s (black) community," Davis said in a press release.

Davis withdrew from the race for mayor a few days later, endorsing the candidacy of former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who herself has longstanding ties with Mr. Clinton. He campaigned for her during her 1992 race for the Senate, after which she became the first African American woman to serve in the chamber. Mr. Clinton also nominated Moseley Braun to serve as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.

A message left Thursday evening for Moseley Braun's campaign spokeswoman was not immediately returned.