#1 Emanuel: Giffords Shooting Not a Crisis to Exploit01-11-2011, 04:58 PM
At a news conference this morning, Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel fielded questions on the Arizona shooting that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) in critical condition.
When asked about a comment attributed to him some years ago about "never let a good crisis go to waste," Emanuel was taken aback .
"That's not intended for this moment, it doesn't apply to this moment," he said.
"Gabby is a friend, I recruited her to run for Congress," Emanuel said. "I started Congress on Your Corner at grocery stores - to be directly in touch - for direct access [with constituents]."
Emanuel says in his current campaign for mayor he's been to "70 el stops, 20 grocery stores, four to five bowling alleys, countless diners" and says while he has encountered some "who won't support me," he adds their reaction has been "appropriate for what you want - open access" and does not plan to curtail his public events.
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