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CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he plans to hit Chicago’s grocery stores, train stops, “bowling alleys and hot dog stands” as he prepares to run for mayor of the nation’s third-largest city.
Mr. Emanuel announced Sunday in a video posted on his website, ChicagoforRahm.com, that he’s preparing to run. He was careful not to launch his candidacy from Washington and headed to Chicago immediately after his resignation was announced by President Obama on Friday.
In the video, Mr. Emanuel said he’s embarking on a “Tell It Like It Is” listening tour of Chicago.
“As I prepare to run for mayor, I’m going to spend the next few weeks visiting our neighborhoods — at grocery stores, L stops, bowling alleys and hot dog stands,” Mr. Emanuel said. “I want to hear from you — in blunt Chicago terms — what you think about our city, and how the next mayor and you can make it better.”
According to organizers, the tour begins Monday morning on bus stops in the South Loop on Roosevelt Road at 8 a.m., and then moves to an a restaurant in the city’s Chatham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, followed by a walk down 18th Street in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.
The two-minute video shows a relaxed Mr. Emanuel sitting behind a desk wearing a white shirt that’s open at the collar and a dark jacket. Behind him is a photo of his family and several books.
In making the announcement in a YouTube video, Mr. Emanuel appears to be following in the online footsteps of Mr. Obama, who was successful in galvanizing support among younger voters with a strong Internet presence and near-constant contact through text messages, e-mails and Facebook notes.
Lori Goldberg, an Emanuel spokeswoman, said the online video was an attempt to reach as many people as possible. Mr. Emanuel plans to make “a more formal announcement” after the November election.
“By having the website up, it also allows people to communicate with him,” Ms. Goldberg said.
Bruce Newman, professor of marketing at DePaul University, called the online announcement “a clever move.”
“(Emanuel’s) ability to communicate via the social media will be critical to his success,” Mr. Newman said. “The voter in today’s world is tuning in to a whole different level of communication.”
But other political analysts said the online approach won’t work for all voters.
“This is going to be a Generation X campaign with Facebook, Twitter and all that … but you should never forget the power of friend talking to friend, neighbor talking to neighbor,” said Tom Manion, a longtime political operative who directed Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first re-election campaign in 1991.
Indeed, one of the challenges facing Mr. Emanuel in a mayoral run is reconnecting with Chicago voters after his time in Washington. Mr. Emanuel highlighted his ties to Chicago in the video Sunday, noting his three terms representing a North Side district in Congress before serving as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff.
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