Washington (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel is narcissistic and flippant, according to the lawyers opposing the former White House chief of staff's request for injunctive relief from the city's plan to print ballots without his name on it.
"The petitioner narcissistically asks this court to value his non fundamental right to be a candidate for mayor over the fundamental voting rights of potentially thousands of voters," writes attorney Burton Odelson in a brief opposing Emanuel's effort to have the ballot's include his name regardless of the ultimate outcome regarding his eligibility to be a candidate.
In a request to the Illinois Supreme Court Monday night, Emanuel attorney Michael Kasper wrote, "No harm would result if Emanuel remains on the ballot while this court considers the merits of his position. If the ruling is upheld, he said, votes for Emanuel "simply would not be counted."
But Odelson argues the actual effect could lead to disenfranchisement should Emanuel ultimately be deemed ineligible because many voters may not be aware of the court ruling and vote for the former Obama aide anyway.
"The petitioners flippant attitude to the disenfranchisement of potentially thousands of voters is disingenuous," wrote Odelson.
After the Illinois appeals court's decision Monday that held Emanuel is not an eligible candidate, the board of elections went ahead with its ballot order - without Emanuel's name - because officials say they need to start planning.
"We are at a point...we have to begin the process of preparing for the election," Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal told reporters on a conference call. "Our time is getting smaller and smaller."
Board officials say they have never waited this long before an election to place a ballot order.
The election is scheduled for Feb. 22nd.
Besides Emanuel there are three other major candidates running for the position. Emanuel had been the clear frontrunner.
- CNN's Jessica Yellin and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report