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Sneed: Rahm revs up re-election bid; legislative affairs chief to lead campaign

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits for an interview with reporter Fran Spielamn his City Hall office Friday afternoon. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits for an interview with reporter Fran Spielamn in his City Hall office Friday afternoon. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 14, 2014 6:32AM



Rahm on the run!

The Rahm report . . .

It’s a go!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign is revving up.

Sneed has learned that Rahm has hired Michael Ruemmler, his chief of staff for legislative affairs, to head his campaign.

◆ The stats: Ruemmler, 33, from downstate Mount Vernon, spent two years as part of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign; two years on the White House advance team; and returned to Chicago when Rahm decided to run for mayor to become director of his advance team.

◆ Bubba blather: Former President Bill Clinton hits town next week to keynote a fundraiser for Rahm — and is reportedly coming prepared with a speech described as “Bill’s boffo opus.” Stay tuned.

Graduation yay!

Emanuel, a huge Hillary Clinton devotee, gifted his daughter, Leah, who just graduated from eighth grade on Tuesday, with a backstage visit with the former secretary of state at the Harris Theater on Wednesday morning.

Graduation whoaaaaa . . .

Emanuel now has three high schoolers living under his roof. Yipes!

Chicken poop . . .

Dateline: The Chicago coop . . . Who would have thunk the gubernatorial slugfest between a prince, Bruce Rauner , and a populist, Gov. Pat Quinn, has sunk to the level of the elusive prairie chicken?

◆ Cluck cluck: Rich man Rauner has accused Quinn of wasting the state’s money on the transport of prairie chickens, which are disappearing from our state.

◆ Cluck clack: Quinn claims he did not spend the state’s money to transport the endangered chickens. Hunters pay a fee to do so.

◆ Chuck ’em: Will someone please throw a bag of chicken feed on both of them?

The tie tack . . .

The tie is no lie: Sneed reader David Dobel comments about Quinn’s bin of five identical ties worn for special events: “Don’t forget one important fact about the Gov’s ties. They only cost $15, which is the Tie Bar’s selling point. Thrifty.”

The flu file . . .

Gads! Sneed hears that a form of stomach flu has hit City Haul! Retching, not kvetching these days at the City Maul.

The Hillary file . . .

◆ Time cards: How time flies . . . Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her high school buddies didn’t close up da joint Tuesday night at NoMI like they did at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush eatery in May 2012. They were in by 7 p.m. and out by 9.

◆ Pritzker patter: A sidenote on Dem donor J . B. Pritzker hosting Hillary and her Park Ridge school chums at NoMI: It was J.B. who backed Hillary for president in 2008, while his sister, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, backed Obama.

Mailbag . . .

Sneed’s item Wednesday on President Obama’s impromptu lunch with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a hamburger joint in Arlington, Va., netted these lightly edited responses from readers:

◆Steven A. wrote: “Silly question: How do President Obama and Arne Duncan order two hamburgers and have a $73 tab?”

◆Bob J. wrote: “Nice to see the president is so free and easy with our money (a $50 tip on a $73 bill — really, two burgers for $73) . . . no wonder we are in debt.”

So much for normal . . .

For a pair of British royals who claimed to want live a normal life, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, seem to espouse a different definition.

◆ Translation: According to the Brit press, Wills and Kate have hired an equerry — a royal officer who serves as a house attendant — which now brings their personal staff total to 12!

And that doesn’t include a cook, which they have yet to find.

What’s a royal to do?

Sneedlings . . .

Friday’s birthdays: Tim Allen, 61; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 28, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 70.



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