September 7th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    Why wouldn't he?

    September 7, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    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!

    September 7, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    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.

    September 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Lucas Breen

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Bill

    I know Emanuel is evil and all, but in that picture he really looks like a Dr. Suess character.

    September 7, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Riley

    Only a corupt city like Chicago would elect such a bad man.

    September 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. jazz92

    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

    September 7, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. vicki

    Another rat leaves the white house! Yep! OOOREAHHHHH

    September 7, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. philly

    Something is behind this Daley announcement. I hope Rahm runs and gets beat...but I am sure there will be corruption.

    September 7, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Snow

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Marie

    Please, Chicago, please take him with you!!! And take his boss, too!

    September 7, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. cityguy

    All Rahm needs is a set of horns...

    September 7, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Tim

    One of the first rats to jump off the sinking ship...

    September 7, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Blake

    Rahm's departure from the White House would be welcomed. Too bad for the people of Chicago - another ruthless mayor.

    September 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. saftgek

    With Mr. Emmanuel's horrendous reputation, Chicago can well do without him in service.

    September 7, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. G"NO"P

    CNN stop with your speculating on every issue..why cant you people ever wait for the facts..its annoying

    September 7, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    This guys face has evil written all over it, just like the rest in Oblamers administration. Lord, who would trust any of their faces!

    September 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. bennie new york

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Positive Progressive

    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.

    September 7, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Realistic

    He's a scumbag anyways. Should make a good mayor of Chicago!

    September 7, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. So Last Week When the Gallup Poll Had The republics up by ten points over the Dems, CNN blared the news . . . Today Gallup has them tied . . .

    Hello CNN, Buehler, CNN? Where are you.

    Ten point swing back to the Dems in one week?

    September 7, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Boog

    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.

    September 7, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Chicago GOP

    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.

    September 7, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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