Tea Party Backs Rahm Rival
But Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico is far from party line
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2011 4:03 AM CST
Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico shakes Cedric Short's hand during a haircut at Ron's Place barbershop in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park last month.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – A Tea Party revolution may be brewing in Barack Obama's very Democratic backyard. The local branch of the upstart party is backing a rival of former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in the fight to be Chicago mayor. But another mayoral candidate sees the endorsement of Democrat Gery Chico as the kiss of death. "Personally, this is an endorsement that I would never accept," Democratic candidate Miguel del Valle said yesterday. "The Tea Party's positions on everything from immigration reform to health care reform are not aligned with the needs and wants of the people of Chicago."

Chico, meanwhile, slammed Emanuel yesterday for "his failure to advocate for working families and immigration reform," reports the Huffington Post. A Tea Party statement backing Chico focused on his willingness to at least consider dumping a Chicago residency law for police and fire fighters—though he hasn't vowed to jettison the rule. His generally progressive positions on gay rights, immigration, clean energy, and abortion clash with the Tea Party's positions—so far.