Moseley Braun Also Tells Bill Clinton to Butt Out

She and Rep. Danny Davis don't want him helping Rahm Emanuel

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2010 1:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Things continue to get nice and contentious in the Chicago mayor's race: Today, mayoral hopeful Carol Moseley Braun added her own stern warning to Bill Clinton not to campaign for his old pal Rahm Emanuel. The former senator says Clinton will risk his relations with the black community if he follows through on plans to help Emanuel ahead of the February vote, reports Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Bill Clinton is an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider," said Braun. "He should stay home and avoid the cold." Her statement follows that of fellow black candidate Rep. Danny Davis, who yesterday said Clinton's ties with African Americans will be "fractured and perhaps even broken" if he steps in, notes the AP. The reason for the quick responses: Blacks make up 35% of the city's population, and both candidates need a strong showing against heavily favored Emanuel.

Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun.
Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
A file photo of Rep Danny Davis, center, along with his wife Vera, in Chicago.
A file photo of Rep Danny Davis, center, along with his wife Vera, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference in Chicago.
Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Rahm Emanuel in Chicago.
Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Rahm Emanuel in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
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