Not all fun and stump on mayoral campaign trail

February 20, 2011

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Candidates for Chicago mayor are having a busy final campaign weekend, and they're doing more than just shaking hands. On Saturday, they focused much of their attention on the city's South Side.

Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun attended a rally at the headquarters of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH.  Jackson has supported Braun's bid for mayor.

Braun was introduced by Jackson's son, Jonathon, who ripped mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel.

"He's not new to Chicago," Jackson said. "He's new to coming to the South Side, because he's like so many others. He just wants to come here and take something. I want him to stay out of here and go back to where he just came from."

A few blocks away, Emanuel visited his Hyde Park volunteer office. Told of Jackson's remarks, Emanuel defended his record in Congress and as White House chief of staff.

"I have worked on a set of issues, whether it was the auto industry, we're here on the South Side, we have the Ford plant, whether it was getting kids healthcare whose parents work full-time and...the kids did not have healthcare, to leading the effort of Democrats of Congress, to refuse a pay raise for Congress until we passed a minimum wage."

Other candidates for mayor, including Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, also made campaign stops on the city's South Side on Saturday.