September 7th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Rahm: Will he or won't he?

A source close to Emanuel says he will probably look at the open seat for Chicago Mayor as an option but has some time to make the decision.
A source close to Emanuel says he will probably look at the open seat for Chicago Mayor as an option but has some time to make the decision.

(CNN) – The news that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will not seek another term sent blackberries buzzing with the question: Will White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel turn in his hard pass to run for Daley's seat?

A source close to Emanuel tells CNN that it's complicated. He takes his job seriously and feels a responsibility to see out his duties serving the President during difficult times. That said he's made no secret of the fact that he's always wanted to be Mayor of Chicago, a city he served in the House of Representatives.

Read a statement on Mayor Daley's retirement from Rahm Emanuel here.

The source close to Emanuel says he will probably look at the open seat as an option but has some time to make the decision.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. george

    it is completely cowardly to write a headline in the form of a question. author, you need to have the guts to say what you think, not hide behind a question.

    sick of this stupid "question format" of headline writing.

    September 7, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Ben

    I have a feeling a lot of people will be leaving...either walking the plank or as rats leaving a sinking ship.

    September 7, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. NOUNIONFORME

    Chicago, hang onto your wallet.

    You will be sorry this guy is one of the Odumbo thugs from Washington DC

    September 7, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. jim

    I think it would be nice to leave this administration but i wouldn't wish this pox(Emanuel) on Chicago.

    September 7, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Albo58

    I have $2 to chip in for a cab ride if Rahm leaves this very minute! Like most folks, I'd much prefer he rip-off folks in Chicago than the entire country!

    September 7, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. CATom

    Rahm thinking of leaving. Who can blame him for wanting to get off a sinking obama ship. Save yourself quick before the ship brings us all down.

    September 7, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. tcaros

    I'm a democrat and I have never liked Rahm Emanuel. He's a snake and I just don't like people who operate like reptiles.

    Who's to say he'd win anyway? Alot of voters arent' happy.

    September 7, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. tcaros

    He's was sold as this real smart manipulator to get things done in Washington.
    All I've seen is Obama doing all the work. Where is this Rahm anyway? Is he busy at a batmitzvah?

    September 7, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. D.

    We wish him the best. President Obama needs to loose some of the orginal team. He needs Major Garrett as his Press Secretary or even higher. Valorie Jarett can/ should stay and Robert Gibbs in a different role. Plouffe needs to work with Gov. Tim Kane and tackle the mid terms too. Strange but President Obama needs to bring President Clinton into his immediate fold ASAP and make people see President Carter differently so he is not compared to him negatively: A Visial Re Do!
    I don't care about history books until later- I am in the right now. Leaders need to unite for the country right now.
    But understand President Clinton flourished with a GOP House but he wasn't Black -for real.

    September 7, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Will Rahm Emmanuel leave the White House? One can hope . . . perhaps unless they live in Chicago!

    September 7, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Gopherit

    Will Rahm Emmanuel leave the White House? One can hope . . . . unless they happen to live in Chicago!

    September 7, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. John from LA

    GO PLEASE!!!-Thug from Chicago!!!-Dirty Chicago Politician!!!

    September 7, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Lindsay

    Ok, who cares!! Why is this major news? It's a mayorial position, really?

    September 7, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Nolan

    Who cares? The guy is a loser, works for a bigger loser, and has done NOTHING BUT DAMAGE everywhere he has been. Puke. Fail.

    September 7, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Joe

    It would be nice for once to see someone put their personal ambition aside to stay with a job they committed themselves to.

    September 7, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Kyle

    I can only hope that weasel leaves the WH

    September 7, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Well, I sure would not miss him in the White House, but all this equates to for me is cronyism. He is a piece of garbage just like all the others advising Obama. They are just trying to add to their "resume." Really he can go back to Chicago and crawl back under the rock from which he came, I just wish he'd bring everyone else back with him.

    Run Rahm Run!

    September 7, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. True American

    What this country needs is a Real American in DC, not these Jews who try to control every part of our lives.

    September 7, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Midwest

    No way Rahm Emanuel will run for Mayor!

    Why would he give up his rent free DC housing courtesy of "Big Oil" BP sweet heart Stanley Greenberg.

    Mayors actually have to work for a living... oh wait its Chicago never mind

    Mayoral House/Car Service/Meals (Chicago politico never pay for meals)

    September 7, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Just what Chicago needs – more thugs! Gluttons for punishment!

    September 7, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. TTommy

    The first crack in the dam. Rahm can go back to the world he understands ... crooked Chicago politics.

    September 7, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. LiberalNN

    This thug would have a great time in Chicago.

    September 7, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Tony 140

    Something about SINKING SHIPS, DESERTION and RATS!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for loyalty. Loyalty is not in the Liberal dictionary. He better leave now on his terms before that bus pulls up that he could be thrown under.

    September 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. JMC

    Thank goodness. I hope he does run for mayor of Chicago (& loses), but just get him out of Washington, DC. If he's the one advising this president, he needs to be fired!! Plus, he needs to learn how to be diplomatic instead of a steam-roller! Good riddance!!

    September 7, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. ProudVietVet56

    Mr. Emanuel, we, the citizens of the United States of American would be exremely appreciative if you could take Mr. Obama along with you. Thank you in advance!!!!

    September 7, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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