(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.
Why wouldn't he?
This guy has given The President some lousy advice regarding the Republicans. They should be attacked and called out for every negative thing they do; they should not be coddled!
Rahm "the ballerina" Emanuel once sent an opponent a dead fish. This is Obama's righthand man, or shall we say his on his knees
buddy. MacDaddy will need another Larry Sinclair to service him.
The Obama Administration is seriously off course, and much of it can be traced to the limited vision and political pettiness of Axelrod and Emanuel.
Obama is a man with the potential for greatness ... and because of these guys he may never get the chance to prove it.
Hey David and Rahm: It isn't always about winning ... it's about leadership. Say what you want about Reagan, he mastered the art of Presidential leadership.
Chicago deserves Rahm. The whole state is dirty, GOP and Democrat. Its been that way before my dad was born nearly 100 years ago. It was crooked when he went to vote then, its crooked now.
I know Emanuel is evil and all, but in that picture he really looks like a Dr. Suess character.
Only a corupt city like Chicago would elect such a bad man.
Well He needs to do what makes him happy. He has stated he has alway wanted to run for Mayor and I think he should. Obama will always hasve other options. Rahm is a tough guy and that is what chicago needs. Hope he runs
Another rat leaves the white house! Yep! OOOREAHHHHH
Something is behind this Daley announcement. I hope Rahm runs and gets beat...but I am sure there will be corruption.
Of course he's going to try to take Daley's seat! I expect he can't get away from his loser boss fast enough!
It's gotten to the point where any association at all with Obama is fatal to any political career.
I hope this little sawed off runt with the foul mouth would leave the White House and the people of Chicago say no thanks to this clown.
Please, Chicago, please take him with you!!! And take his boss, too!
All Rahm needs is a set of horns...
One of the first rats to jump off the sinking ship...
Rahm's departure from the White House would be welcomed. Too bad for the people of Chicago - another ruthless mayor.
With Mr. Emmanuel's horrendous reputation, Chicago can well do without him in service.
CNN stop with your speculating on every issue..why cant you people ever wait for the facts..its annoying
This guys face has evil written all over it, just like the rest in Oblamers administration. Lord, who would trust any of their faces!
Can't say losing Rahm would be a very blow to the Administration, but the time and effort that would have to be put into finding his replacement wouldn't be worth it. If it were Geithner, Salazar or Orszag, it would be a much different story.
To all those who think the Republican's have done such a great job I ask, what are their plans to move the country forward? So far, all I've heard is a repeat of the last 30 years: Tax cuts and deregulation. 30 years of 'trickle down' tax cuts and deregulation for corporatations have given us the largest deficit in the history of our country, as well as financial, mining and oil disasters. As President Obama said, 'if you want to go in reverse and get back into the ditch - vote Republican!' However, if you want a solid infrastructure, solid wage, solid retirement, vote for the Democrats.
He's a scumbag anyways. Should make a good mayor of Chicago!
Hello CNN, Buehler, CNN? Where are you.
Ten point swing back to the Dems in one week?
But the real interesting change in the admin. is going to be shortly after the midterms when SoS Hillary resigns and starts running for the 2012 nomination. This guy is a moron and Hillary isn't going to take backseat to him anymore. By the time we get to March 2012 Obummer won't even be running for President anymore.
I'm a Chicago Republican, and always have been. The city's mayor's been corrupt as it has been old, Republican or Democrat, no doubt about that. Daley Sr. was by far the most corrupt, and Daley Jr. isn't too far behind. With that said although. I'd preferably see a Republican (Hell will freeze when that happens) in the office. But when it's Rahm or Daley, I'd MUCH rather see Daley for another 4 more years then have to deal with Rahm Emanuel or some other closely related Obama cronie that think he know's the system when he doesn't. Daley had a plan for this city, and set out for it. Many missteps along the way, but he tried to make Chicago better, and not himself. Emanuel doesn't rub that way.