Can former Cook County Commissioner Robert Shaw beat Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago in 2015?
On Thursday, Shaw became the first politician of note to announce a plan to challenge the ascerbic, incumbent mayor. A woman named Amara Enyia also has a plan to challenge Emanuel.
Not only will Shaw and Enyia face off against a powerful politician with ties to the White House and Chicago's power elite, they'll also face his $6.2 million campaign war chest.
Shaw who held office as a Cook County Commissioner and Chicago Alderman and now lives in the Hyde-Park Neighborhood. He plans to run against Emanuel's policies, including school closings and inaction on pensions.
His past mayoral associations don't inspire a vision of a winner. In 1983 Shaw backed Jane Byrne over Harold Washington and paid politically for his allegience. Last election cycle he advised Carol Moseley Braun on her disastrous candidacy.