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Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Bobby Rush

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Updated: December 4, 2013 6:36AM



U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who has been on a leave of absence to be at the side of his seriously ill wife, Carolyn, tells Sneed he has been hit with more bad news.

“While I’m attending to my wife in intensive care, Ald. Howard Brookins, a man I considered a friend and a colleague, is running for my job,” Rush tells Sneed.

“Brookins, a man I supported for public office, is now circulating his nominating petitions for my job while I’m going through one of the most difficult times of my life,” said Rush, whose wife has been at the University of Chicago hospital convalescing from open-heart surgery complications since September.

“It makes you wonder what are friends for when this kind of thing happens,” Rush said.

“A cynical man would say, ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’ But I am not a cynic,” he added.

It isn’t the first time that Rush has encountered what he considers a case of betrayal . . . or what he terms “disappointment.”

“It makes one reflect on the state of human values,” Rush said. “When my son was killed in 1999, Barack Obama ran against me. When I was battling cancer it was rumored Jesse Jackson Jr. was planning to run against me . . . although he denied it publicly. And now this happens while my wife fights for her life. We have been married 34 years and I need to be by her side as much as I can . . . although I go to the office here regularly and am constantly working the phone.”

Has there been a Rush to judgment?

◆ The flip side: Brookins, the 21st Ward alderman, tells Sneed: “He has been on an indefinite leave. He hasn’t said whether he’s coming back or will be able to come back. And there is a deadline for filing nominating petitions in early December and he has indicated someone other than myself he would be supporting if he decided to leave office.

Rush “hasn’t even been circulating his nominating petitions. I don’t know what his thoughts are. But I respect him and if he decides to run, I won’t,” Brookins told Sneed.

Rush tells Sneed: “I am definitely running.”

Hmmm. That makes Sneed wonder why Brookins didn’t just ask?

The Axe man. . .

Yup, it’s a pup! David Axelrod, political guru, media darling and former senior adviser/top campaign strategist to President Barack Obama, once told Sneed that getting a dog was at the top of his wish list when he left the White House.

◆ Well, by golly, Axelrod finally got his pup: A Labradoodle named Mac, who was born and bred in Illinois. Check out the arf shot.

Daley schmooze . . .

It sure looked like Bill Daley had popped his political power balloon when he abruptly pulled out of the governor’s race in September.

Whoaaaa! What a difference time makes.

◆ Translation: Daley, a former chief of staff to Obama, is back with new political muscle. The media has been running to his door for quotes on news he is making lately.

◆ The flip side: Sneed is also told that top Obama insiders are uncomfortable with Daley’s emergence as a “tell it like it is” guy.

Stay tuned.

The Quinn bin . . .

Sneed is told that Gov. Pat Quinn was invited to the White House to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ championship win, but his skates are tied up in Springfield.

◆ Translation: Instead, Quinn is sending two Iraq war vets, Chris Quinn (no relation) and Frank Pierson, who lost both his legs in Iraq, to represent him.

She’s dating!

Looks like former TV commentator Maria Shriver, the estranged wife of Republican muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, is dating another GOPer. Washington wags claim Shriver, 57, is dating Matthew Dowd, 52, chief architect of the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign and now an ABC political commentator.

Sneedlings . . .

Congratulations to Mary Alice and Dan Houlihan on their 50th wedding anniversary. . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Pat Buchanan, 75; k.d. lang, 52, and Marion Greco, ageless. . . Sunday’s birthdays: Dennis Miller, 60; Roseanne Barr, 61, and Kathy Posner, ageless.



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