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Just because Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't rock a 'stache doesn't mean he can't wager the facial hair of others in the name of David Axelrod.

In the first "Chicago for Rahm Emanuel" email sent in some time, the mayor asked supporters Friday to "make a clean start" and help him raise money to get MSNBC analyst Alex Castellanos to shave his mustache.

The request comes after Democratic campaign strategist Axelrod made good on a bet with Joe Scarborough earlier this month to slash his nearly 40-year-old 'stache if $1 million was raised for epilepsy research to benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.

Now, apparently, it's Castellanos' turn. The Republican consultant says he'll shave his own facial friend if 500 new people donate to CURE.

"They're already halfway there," Emanuel writes in his message, "and I’m asking if you can make a donation right now to achieve this goal and give David a fellow 'stacheless' media consultant with whom to commiserate during the holidays."

It's not clear what Emanuel gets out of the deal. To reinvigorate his campaign, perhaps, as rumors swirl about early mayoral opponents including Karen Lewis and Toni Preckwinkle? Simply to remind Chicagoans to donate during this time of holiday cheer?

If the latter is true, Emanuel suggests The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Clara's House as worthy locations for donations.

"Chicagoans have always come together to help each other in times of need, and there are countless others who could use your support this holiday season as well," he writes.

Perhaps, in the end, he just wants to wish us all a safe season and happy New Year.

"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.  May your new year be healthy, happy, and full of hope."

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