This 30-Year-Old Community Organizer Thinks She Can Beat Rahm Emanuel

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approval rating has been declining for months, but people aren’t exactly lining up around the block to run him out of his fifth-floor City Hall office.

And why would they? Emanuel has more name recognition than perhaps any other U.S. mayor at the moment, not to mention a reputation for intimidating political rivals and an overflowing campaign war chest.

As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg wrote in an Esquire profile of Emanuel published in February, “the common wisdom is that nobody of any heft will run against Rahm when he’s up again. Not in 2015. Maybe not ever.”

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