Bill Clinton Coming to Chicago to Campaign for Rahmbo
By Soyoung Kwak in News on Jan 15, 2011 5:30PM
Yes, the rumors are true - former president Bill Clinton will be stopping by the Chicago Cultural Center on Tuesday, January 18th to rally for Rahm Emanuel. But as some may have expected, Clinton's visit to Chicago isn't necessarily a visit that everyone is excited about.
Ignoring warnings to stay out of the mayoral race in Chicago, Clinton's visit will be met with much fervor as well as disdain. Representative Danny Davis (who once threw his name into the Chicago mayoral sorting hat) first warned Clinton a few weeks ago to stay out of the race and not to "thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago's black community." Clinton was once called the "First Black President" because of his good relationship with the African American community, and Davis fears that Clinton could ruin his reputation by supporting Emanuel.
As soon as Rep. Davis aired his grievances about Clinton's upcoming visit, Carol Moseley Braun jumped on the bandwagon and was sure to be very vocal about her opposition to Clinton's visit, saying that Clinton is "an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider." Even Rev. Jesse Jackson stated that Clinton's decision to support Rahm was "strange."
As controversial the arguments against Clinton's visit may be, we expect the former president's visit to be an inspiring one nonetheless. Both Emanuel and Clinton have not yet commented on what has been said about Tuesday's rally, but we figure it's because they're busy getting ready to party.