Top White House aides helping Emanuel?
Michael sneed email@example.com February 19, 2011 12:01AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Tipsville . . .
The final stretch: Sneed hears that top White House aides will be knocking on doors for Rahm Emanuel early this week.
† To wit: Sneed is told White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s top aide, Alyssa Mastromonaco — and Stephanie Cutter, a top aide to senior presidential adviser David Plouffe, will be among the door knockers. Both women were Emanuel’s colleagues at the White House.
Chico chat . . .
Not so Sunny!
Mayoral hopeful Gery Chico’s wife, Sunny, is furious over robo-calls implying her hubby backed anti-immigration efforts, the one major issue that put Chico’s opponent Rahm Emanuel on the hot seat in the Hispanic community.
† The upshot: “It was nothing less than shameful,” said Sunny, who tells Sneed she came “to the United States with nothing but the shirt on her back as a Cuban refugee at age 9.” Gery Chico’s paternal grandfather emigrated from Jalisco, Mexico, and his mother was Greek-Lithuanian.
Federal Judge Ilana Rovner is one lucky lady; coming this/close to being impaled by a huge piece of glass that fell from the 14th floor of the building anchored by the Sears store in the Loop on Thursday.
† The upshot: “I’ve been the beneficiary of three miracles in my life — and this was one of them,” said Rovner, who tells Sneed she was in the back seat of a Flash cab at 1 p.m. Thursday — heading to the doctor’s office — when a slab of glass crashed into the rear end of the cab and shattered the rear window.
† The backshot: “I thought either a bomb had gone off or it was a volley of gunfire — and then there was a shower of glass,” she said. The glass, which fell from the building at 2 N. State, injured a woman, who sustained a minor cut to her lower back but refused medical attention.
Rovner’s cabdriver, Tariq Kazi, who has a wife and three kids in his native Pakistan, “is a remarkable driver who kept a cool head and insisted on taking me to the doctor’s office, where we met the police alerted by our 911 call.”
† The finalshot: “I’ve survived kidney cancer and my family fleeing Latvia during World War II — and I consider myself lucky to be alive after what happened Thursday!”
The Haiti file . . .
Sneed’s Haitian correspondent claims Grammy-winning/Haitian-American/hip-hop star Wyclef Jean, who considered running for president of earthquake-devastated Haiti — plans to campaign for Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly’s presidential bid next month.
A royal bit . . .
The 1,800 wedding invitations to England’s royal wedding in April of Prince William and Kate Middleton are in the mail and who’s on the Yankee invite list is still a mystery. Stay tuned.
I spy . . .
Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt spotted eating pasta at Quartino on Wednesday . . . Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel spotted twice last week dining at the Red Canary in River West.
Sneedlings . . .
Legendary restaurateur Mel Markon’s new eatery, Bia for Mia, 1147 W. Grand, opens for lunch Tuesday . . . Today’s birthdays: Patty Hearst, 57; Sidney Poitier, 84; J. Geils, 65; Gloria Vanderbilt, 87; Sandy Duncan, 65; Peter Strauss, 64; Sally Ward, ageless; Andrew Shue, 44; Maria Bechily, ageless; Cindy Crawford, 45; Ivana Trump, 62; Jennifer O’Neill, 63 . . . Monday’s birthdays: Kelsey Grammer, 56; David Geffen, 68; Jim Ryan, 65; Christopher Atkins, 50; Jennifer Love Hewitt, 32; Tricia Nixon Cox, 65; Tyne Daly, 65; Mary Chapin Carpenter, 53, and William Baldwin, 48.