Rahm “Dead Fish” Emanuel’s first official weekday back in Chi-town as a mayoral candidate got off to a rocky start today as it was revealed that his “Glad to be home” video was actually filmed in the offices of David Axelrod in Washington, DC. Not only that, but his opponents are challenging whether or not he is even a resident of Chicago (via):
Rahm Emanuel kicked off his campaign for mayor of Chicago with a homecoming video, filmed in front of a bookshelf with a vase and a family photograph.
“I was born here, and my wife Amy and I raised our three children here,” he says. “I’m glad to be home.”
But an Emanuel spokeswoman, Lori Goldberg, confirms that the video itself was actually filmed in Washington, D.C., in the offices of AKPD Message and Media, the firm founded by David Axelrod.
The fact that Emanuel’s use of the word “here” wasn’t accurate is an amusing footnote to what Illinois lawyers say may be a serious legal problem: Rivals are challenging Emanuel’s residency, and his right to run will hinge on where his “home” actually is. Emanuel didn’t respond in detail Monday to a question on the subject.
Also, check out this video from MyFox DC showing the reception Rahmbo got when greeting Chicago commuters earlier today. The implied consensus seems to be, “Get out my way.” Funnier still is this write-up from the Fox affiliate:
CHICAGO – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said he plans to hit Chicago’s grocery stores, train stops, “bowling alleys and hot dog stands” as he prepares to run for mayor of the nation’s third-largest city.
Emanuel announced Sunday in a video posted on his website, ChicagoforRahm.com, that he’s preparing to run. He had been careful not to launch his candidacy from Washington and headed to Chicago immediately after his resignation was announced by President Barack Obama on Friday.
Not before he filmed that video, apparently. Of course, seeing that Axelturf is involved, expect the lies and phoniness to ratchet up hundredfold. We all remember Axelturf’s theatrical production of our celebrity President’s 2007-2008 presidential campaign and how ultimately successful he/the campaign was in painting Barack Obama as something he never was (“healer” “moderate” “bipartisan” “anti-lobbyist” etc). Oh well, at least Rahmbo is Chicago’s problem now rather than Washington, DC’s and, in effect, America’s. Something to be thankful for.
In case you’re interested, the Capital Fax blog has a round-up of Rahm-related news. Looks like Chicago commuters aren’t the only ones unenthused by his candidacy.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s new chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top corporate chief executives this week.
He elaborated: “Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, November 2008