Rahm Emanuel to leave the White House

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 By

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel will be leaving the White House to run for Mayor of Chicago. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

There has been a lot of speculation over the future of Rahm Emanuel. Rahm Emanuel, the fiery White House Chief of Staff, is likely going to quit his post. He will be leaving the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. The current mayor is finishing out his term and won’t seek reelection. Since the announcement from Mayor Daley, Emanuel was a suggestion almost right away as a possible replacement.

Rahm to the hills

Speculation about Rahm Emanuel leaving his post for the upcoming Chicago mayoral election has been rampant for weeks. It is not official that he is running yet, but there have been numerous reports coming from Washington D.C. that he is. According to the Washington Post, an official announcement is due soon from the White House. President Obama will address the issue in a later press conference. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that there are personnel changes that will be discussed in a press conference at the White House soon.

Calling it a Daley

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley decided earlier this year not to seek reelection next year. After his current term expires, he will retire. According to the New York Times, Daley decided that the time was right to leave it all behind. His retirement is the end of a Chicago dynasty. His father, also named Richard Daley, was also a long time Democratic mayor of Chicago. The elder Daley served in the post from 1955 to 1976 and died while in office. The younger Mayor Daley was elected in 1989, and has been the mayor ever since. For the last 55 years, a Daley has been at the helm of Chicago for all but 11 of them.

Rahm known to want the job

Rahm Emanuel is known to have wanted the job for some time. Chicago is a Democrat stronghold, and for the firebrand Emanuel, it may be a good fit.

Sources

Washington Post

New York Times

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