1) Apparently not dead
2) Never was a fish of any kind
3) cheating? This is Chicago politics. Are those in the rest of field cheating? No. They are doing their best to win the election. That's all. Just the regular push and shove of politics.
4) radical. Hardly. If you use a word for a situation for which it has little or no meaning, you loss the actual meaning of the word. Then, when you need the word, in this case, radical, you're inclined to use the next harsher word which really doest fit either. Then you start looking foolish.
5) He's a Democrat, so he's certainly to the left of you, but, if you look, you might find that he's to the right of a lot of people in that race.
Joe(so, none of that fits)Nation
PS Here's the overturning: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/us/politics/26rahm.html?emc=na