Washington (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to leave his West Wing post on Friday to explore a bid for Chicago mayor, two sources close to Emanuel tell CNN.
But the sources, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, stressed that the announcement, which could come at an official White House ceremony with President Obama, may also slide until early next week as final details of Emanuel's departure are still being hammered out.
The sources noted that Emanuel has still not actually made a final decision about running for mayor, but it is believed that it is all-but-certain he will officially announce his candidacy shortly. "He's getting close to making a decision," said one of the sources. "I don't see this stretching out much longer."
That's because Emanuel has until Nov. 22 to acquire the signatures needed to qualify for the ballot and then would face a Feb. 22 Democratic primary that could be very difficult to win given the number of prospective candidates from various factions of the party lining up to run.
The sources added that even if Emanuel's departure from the White House is announced Friday, he is unlikely to immediately announce his candidacy this weekend. Advisers said that Emanuel would prefer to put some distance between his White House exit and the time it will take to line up supporters in Chicago before officially announcing his run.
The sources added White House senior adviser Pete Rouse, a trusted Obama aide, is still expected to become acting chief of staff on a temporary basis.
Rahm, don't let the door hit you...
You have failed our President on any number of occasions. The most publicly frustrating events were those where he had to personally address some errant comment or story that should never have reached his office. You failed to properly protect him from such distractions, and now he has to deal with egg on his face. You also let the staff get too loose-or is it too uptight? Both Gibbs and Axelrod went off-script with comments, which, again, the President of the United States of America had to address. Where are the Carvilles and Begalas in this Administration? He needs some tough folks to deal with the inevitable flak that comes with the job. He shouldn't have to put the Office out as he's been forced to do. You have not done your job in this basic regard, never mind getting the Republicans to come around!
Good luck in Chicago, more your size of environmnet.
He will leave a trail of rat dung all the way to Chicago. Poor Chicago, the last thing it needs is another union toady, Democrat liberal. Actual working Americans would not believe the salaries and benefits the public section unions get in Chicago and the fraud that surrounds them. You should check it out. This is what happens when public sector unions and Democrat liberal party members take control of a city. Same thing in Detroit, New York and really all the big Obama bastions.
Good riddance...now let's get rid of the rest of the Chicago thugs, including Obama, and get the country back on the right track! Hurry up 2012, and a Republican victory!!
Leave already and good riddance. What's with all the theatrics?
Later, slimebag! Can you take the thief-in-chief with you?
Good riddence to bad advice. This man is bad for the public and my sympathy to the people of Chicago if they elect him mayor.