A couple of major players with deep ties to Emanuel have thrown their support instead to former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, one of Clinton’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes is O’Malley’s campaign chairman in this state. Hynes endorsed Emanuel in his first campaign for mayor, showing him around his native Southwest Side at a time when the former White House chief of staff and congressman had few good friends in Chicago outside of his old North Side district.
O’Malley’s fundraising chairman in Illinois is Michael Forde, who was part of the high-powered legal team that helped Emanuel fight off a challenge to his residency status and stay on the 2011 mayoral ballot.
History will prove that being the first to get involved with Obama is nothing to be proud of.