September 7th, 2010
06:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod, Emanuel 'stunned' by Daley decision

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="David Axelrod says he and Rahm Emanuel were a little stunned this afternoon."]

Washington (CNN) –White House senior adviser David Axelrod reacted Tuesday to Mayor Richard Daley's announcement that he won't be running for Mayor of Chicago and whether White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will be throwing his hat into the ring.

"[Rahm Emanuel and I] were a little stunned this afternoon when we heard the news that he wasn't going to run. We both strongly assumed that he was. So we're just absorbing that news and the impact that it will have on Chicago, which will be large. He's an enormous presence there, city's really grown in wonderful ways under his leadership, and so that's what we're thinking about today and look, Rahm has, as you all probably know he's got a lot on his plate, he's got a pretty responsible job, and that's what he's focused on right now."

Axelrod made the comments during a briefing with reporters on White House economic proposals, including two tax cut plans President Obama will unveil in Cleveland Ohio on Wednesday.

Filed under: David Axelrod • Illinois • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dave

    This guys run the country and do not know what is in their backyard??

    September 7, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Axelhead: Prepare to be stunned ... "daily"!

    September 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. jazz92

    Why would Axelrod speak for Emanual? Rahm is a big boy and he can speak for himself.

    September 7, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. all the news that's fit too omit

    Is there anything these nitwits EXPECT to happen?

    Unexpectedly the job loss numbers went up, unemployent went up, voter anger went up, etc, etc, etc.

    Please stay Rahm and Axelfraud, you both are doing so well "leading" the manchurian president (no cap ever deserved) through his paces.

    Ruff, ruff Barry, sit, good boy.

    September 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. southern cousin

    They are also stunned that the majority of Americans don't believe their lying, corrupt, inept union toady boss. Sor really these guys don't have a clue about anything.

    September 7, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    I smell a scandal in Chiblago

    September 7, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. jenn, philadelphia

    I'm sure they're completely surprised. I wonder what job they offered to give him so he could make an opening for Rahm?

    September 7, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |