Emanuel's anonymous Twitter impersonator, @MayorEmanuel, evinces a knowledge of the candidate's schedule and reputation for rage, but he tops his real-life inspiration with a whopping 26,000 followers and an angry, often funny, always profanity-laced feed that features the "F" word in nearly every 140-character rant.
Emanuel hasn't a clue as to the identity of his impersonator but is ponying up at least $2,500 to charity if @MayorEmanuel steps away from the keyboard and into the spotlight. As an added incentive, the unidentified tweeter gets to choose the charity.
"Here's what I'm gonna do," Emanuel said Tuesday on the WLS radio show Roe and Roper. "After the election, I am offering a donation to the charity of that gentleman or woman's choice, if they would come forward and identify themselves."
Fake Emanuel's life is far more exciting than real Emanuel's.
On Tuesday, actual Emanuel visited CVS, the Crafty Beaver Home Center, and Betty's and Nick's Family Hair Care.
The mysterious wit has yet to come forward. Emanuel is keeping himself busy shoveling snow around town, an effort earning him commendations from President Obama, and finishing day two of his "50 Wards in 50 Hours" citywide tour.
After a rash of celebrity impersonators invaded Twitter, site staff implemented a "Verified Badge" (note the blue check next to @RahmEmanuel's handle) in 2009, setting apart the real deals from the quipping wannabes. Emanuel has spawned several impostors in addition to @MayorEmanuel, including @RahmforMayor (written by one Rahm F-in Emanuel), @RahmFingEmanuel, and @Sh--MyRahmSays.