Rahm Emanuel May Exit White House Job in October

September 22, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—With the unexpected news earlier in the month that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley decided not to run for reelection in 2011, all eyes quickly turned towards White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has made no secret of the fact that he has always dreamed of becoming Mayor of Chicago. The conventional wisdom was not if, but when, Emanuel would make his exit from the White House to prepare for a mayoral run. Now, aides close to Emanuel are saying that the top White House staffer plans to leave as early as October.

Time Magazine is reporting on Emanuel’s imminent exit in October, based on whispers from “two people familiar with internal deliberations.”

“The aide says Emanuel will not make a decision about whether or not to run this week, but was otherwise vague about when the decision would be made — or exactly when he might step down. Congress is scheduled to enter recess on Oct. 8, in advance of the Nov. 2 midterm elections.”

“If Emanuel, a former Chicago Congressman, decides to run for mayor, he must gather 12,500 signatures by Nov. 22 in preparation for a Feb. 22 primary. Already, however, Emanuel has found himself hampered in his exploration of a mayoral run by his day job, which is among the most demanding positions in government, starting as early as 5 a.m. and continuing late into the evening.”

Possible replacements, include Ron Klain, the chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. CNN reports that Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is being considered, as a temporary replacement to guide the White House through the November elections.

Once the Senate adjourns before the mid-term elections, Emanuel is expected to make a quick exit from the White House and head for Chicago.

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