Heather Stone, Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2008
One of the best-known stories about Rahm Emanuel is that he sent a dead fish to a political enemy in 1998. But it wasn't that simple. Emanuel and two Democratic colleagues got into a dispute with a pollster. One of the colleagues read a USA Today story about a company that could be hired to send a dead fish in a handsome mahogany box, and he suggested that the three send the fish to the pollster. Which they did. Emanuel later claimed not to know that such a gesture carried Mafia overtones of "you will sleep with the fishes."