Howard Dean Endorses Rahm's Rival in Chicago Runoff

March 13, 2015

Suffice it to say there is no love lost between Howard Dean and Rahm Emanuel.

On Thursday, Dean formally endorsed Emanuel's challenger, Jesús "Chuy" García, in Chicago's April 7 mayoral runoff election.

“When I ran for president in 2004, I told supporters in my stump speech that I represented the ‘Democratic wing of the Democratic Party’ — a line inspired by Paul Wellstone that captured the spirit of my grassroots campaign," Dean said in his statement. “Jesús ‘Chuy’ García is running a similar people-powered campaign in Chicago and that’s why I am proud to announce that I am endorsing him as the progressive choice to be Chicago’s next mayor.”

After his presidential aspirations went up in flames following his much-derided victory yell following his disappointing third place finish in the 2004 Iowa caucuses, Dean went on to found Democracy for America, a grassroots political organization that has been working to elect García. When Emanuel failed to avoid a runoff on Feb. 24, Democracy for America made sure to rub it in.

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