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Why is Rahm Emanuel's Challenger, Jesús 'Chuy' Garcia, So Happy?

Unencumbered by expectations or much of a program, Garcia is free in a way that the incumbent—and much of the city—are not.
on February 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

on February 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

CHICAGO—The West Loop campaign headquarters of mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” Garcia has some fun touches, like the “emergency mustache” box—“You never know when you might need one”—and the supporter’s painting of Garcia as Superman propped up next to the basket of neighbor-baked banana muffins, each individually wrapped and stamped with a different Chuy-licious, go-get-‘em message.

But there is not much private meeting space in the converted restaurant, where several dozen brown, black and white volunteers of all ages are online and on the phone on Garcia’s behalf in the final days ahead of the April 7 runoff. And this, too, the candidate’s friend and three-time former campaign manager, Chicago Alderman Ricardo Muñoz, blames on the current mayor, Rahm Emanuel