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Rahm Offers Reward for @MayorEmanuel ID



    Rahm Emanuel has an impostor on Twitter and offers $5,000 to a charity of that person's choice if they reveal their identity after the election. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011)

    Just about anyone following the Chicago mayor's race wants to know the identity of a certain Twitter jockey who goes under the name @MayorEmanuel.

    Same goes for the man he lampoons.

    "Here's what Im going to do. After the election I am offering a donation to charity of that gentleman or woman's choice if they would come forward and identify themselves," Rahm Emanuel said during a phone call on WLS radio's The Roe Conn Show with Richard Roeper.

    @mayoremanuel has grown to cult-like status. The account boasts of more than 21,000 followers, yet the account follows no one. The clandestine Tweeter, however, is in the know and often sends out messages that give the impression he's right by Emanuel's side.

    The microblogger has created a whole cast of characters that include Quaxlerod and Carl the Intern and plenty of intrigue. The Chicago Tribune and New York Times have both written about the Twitter account, and numerous bloggers have attempted to learn his identity.

    When asked, Emanuel said he enjoys the faux messages.

    "Are you kidding," Emanuel said. "It always brings a smile to my face. This guy or gal has garnered a huge following. A lot of people go, I just read your tweet and I'm like, what?"

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