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Rahm Emanuel skipping first two days of Democratic convention

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Lou Foglia/Sun-Times

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose popularity is dipping in hometown Chicago, is skipping the first two days of the Democratic National Convention, avoiding possible nasty confrontations at the Illinois delegation breakfast, packed with Emanuel critics.

It would otherwise seem an easy call for Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, and a top staffer for former President Bill Clinton to attend the convention where Hillary Clinton will accept her presidential nomination on Thursday.

Emanuel is hosting a Chicago Blues late-night bash on Wednesday.

A City Hall spokesman said he will attend the convention on Wednesday and Thursday.

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