Progressive Change Campaign Committee released an advertisement on Tuesday in Chicago attacking Rahm Emanuel for his reported efforts to compromise single-payer. The video itself is a couple months old, but it has been reported recently that Emanuel has pressured Senator Reid to “cut a deal” with Joe Lieberman and abandon the expansion of Medicare that would cover those ages 55-64.
The advertisement concludes “if he sides with insurance companies and undermines the public option, well, he won’t have many fans in Chicago.” Emanuel is widely believed to want to return to Congress after eventually retiring as Chief of Staff.
In running ads against Emanuel in Chicago, the progressives are also reaching Senator Roland Burris’s constituents. Phil pointed out last night that Burris, also a Chicago resident, made ambiguous comments regarding the public option on Monday. Two months ago, Burris stated “unequivocally” that he would not vote for a bill that did not contain a public option.
Here’s the video: