I am rooting for Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to win.
….The ad comes on the heels of a recent Emanuel campaign poll that shows him with a lead among African-American voters.
The one-minute ad begins: “This is Barack Obama. . . . Chicago is my home. It’s the place that made me who I am. That’s why I care so deeply about who leads our city.”
It cautions of our mayor: “Let’s be honest, at times the guy can be a little hard-headed.”
The POTUS pitch also includes the reason for Rahm’s volatility.
“He loves our city, and he believes every child in every neighborhood should have a fair shot at success,” Obama states. That’s “why he fights as hard as he does.”
It ends: “If you want a mayor who does what is right, not just what’s popular, who fights night and day for the city we love, then I hope you’ll join me.
“Vote for Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, February 24!”
The ad is a clear pitch to woo African-American voters angered by the mayor’s school closings. Four candidates are angling for his job, two of whom are African-Americans.
A recent campaign poll conducted by research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the Emanuel campaign showed 51 percent of African-Americans surveyed support the mayor’s re-election.
“We’re thrilled that the president has endorsed Rahm because he believes that Rahm is the only candidate with the record, strength and plan to continue moving our city forward,” said Steve Mayberry, a campaign spokesman.