Run, Rahm Run: Rahm Emanuel Next Mayor of Chicago?

September 7, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—The consensus among the Washington punditry today, is that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel plans to run for Mayor of Chicago. With the unexpected news that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley decided not to run for reelection in 2011, the only uncertainty remaining, is whether Emanuel will leave the White House now, or wait until after the November elections.

Richard M. Daley, of the well known Chicago political machine Daleys, said in his announcement that it was a personal decision not to seek a seventh term.

“In the end, this was a personal decision, no more, no less,” Daley said. “I’ve been thinking about this for the last several months…It just feels right.”

Emanuel also issued a statement, coyly avoiding mention of his mayoral ambitions.

“While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago,” said Emanuel.

The Washington Post’s The Fix, reports an unnamed senior White House official and a friend of Emanuel’s is confirming his expected exit from his top administration position:

A senior Obama Administration official said Emanuel is likely to run for the post. “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run,” the official said.

An Emanuel friend said that “I can’t imagine this is something he would pass on,” adding: “It’s always been a dream job for him [but] he was convinced it would be further down the road.”

Emanuel has made no secret of his ambitions. During an April appearance on the Charlie Rose show, he said “I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago.” “That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives,” added Emanuel.

Just call him Mr. Mayor.


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