Rahm Emanuel Leaving WH Within DAYS for Mayoral Run
September 28, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sources within the White House are now indicating that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may leave his position, as early as Friday. All signs pointed to a quick White House exit for Emanuel, with the unexpected news earlier in the month that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley decided not to run for reelection in 2011. It’s long been a goal of Emanuel’s to become the top dog of Chicago politics.
CNN is reporting that Emanuel has told close aides he will run for Mayor of Chicago. And with a November 22 filing deadline looming, Emanuel will hightail it back to Chicago to put his team in place and deliver his mayoral run announcement.
“One of the sources, a prominent Democrat close to the White House chief of staff, told CNN, “We see nothing that will stop a run. But you don’t announce a campaign for mayor of Chicago in Washington, D.C. You leave and go home and finish your business there.”‘
“The second source said Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg’s research of a possible mayoral run for Emanuel was “very positive. He has some obvious things to deal with, but it was very encouraging.”‘
“I think that Rahm will have to make a decision quickly, because running for mayor of Chicago is a serious enterprise,” President Obama told Matt Lauer. “He hasn’t told me yet. But as soon as he does, I’m sure that we’ll announce it.”
Emanuel, during an April interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose, made no secret of his mayoral aspirations. “I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago, Emanuel told Rose.” “That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives,” added Emanuel.
So, who will replace the no-holds-barred foul mouthed Chief of Staff, who progressives love to hate?
As previously reported by ChattahBox, Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is expected to be appointed as a temporary replacement to ease the White House through the November elections just five-weeks away.
Possible permanent replacements, include Ron Klain, the chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina.
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Emanuel may have a tiny residency problem to deal with. Upon accepting the job as President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Emanuel rented his Chicago home and relocated his wife and children to Washington.
Now, the tenant in the Emanuel home is not budging. Emanuel may be forced to conduct his mayoral operation from another residence, until the tenant’s lease is up. And there is the possibility now, of a residency challenge from his opponents.