Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say
September 28th, 2010
01:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say

(CNN) - Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.

Close associates are already building a campaign team according to sources.

An announcement by Emanuel is expected to be scheduled for Friday, sources said.

One of the sources, a prominent Democrat close to the White House chief of staff, told CNN, "We see nothing that will stop a run. But you don't announce a campaign for mayor of Chicago in Washington, D.C. You leave and go home and finish your business there."

The second source said Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg's research of a possible mayoral run for Emanuel was "very positive. He has some obvious things to deal with, but it was very encouraging."

Asked what the potential issues were, the source said "nothing you wouldn't expect. Just reminding people Chicago always was before Washington."

Assuming there is no hitch - and none is expected - longtime Obama adviser Pete Rouse is in line to be tapped as interim chief of staff, two of the sources said.

All of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the White House personnel turnover and the campaign planning.


Rahm Emanuel's pending departure is the lead-off topic for CNN's John King and Bob Costantini.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. mary

    ThE President's campaign for re-election has begun. You know writing on the wall–now a Different

    September 28, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. CSnord

    Good riddance. The man is altogether evil. Both the Obama administration and Chicago will be improved by his leaving the White House to run for mayor.

    September 28, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. brooklynlive

    OMG democrats are leaving!!! So many problems with government, healthcare, education etc. Is the recession really over? Do americans feel better than they did this time last year? I don't think so.

    September 28, 2010 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  4. Ken sanders

    More power to him if he thinks he can pull it off. Personally I never thought too much of him.

    September 28, 2010 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  5. bazelope

    Boy I was wondering who the NEXT Lifetime politician would be to take over the job as Mayor of the slimiest political city in America. Perfect Choice!! Rahm Emanuel has helped Obama destroy what was left of the United States over the past 22 months and now he can go home and steal from the Chicago public! Not bad for a kid that never served in the U.S. military but somehow found the time to serve in the Israeli army. WE ARE A COUNTRY OF CHUMPS!!!

    September 28, 2010 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  6. Aaron_J_in_SpencerMA

    What does this tell us about the state of the administration. The COS would prefer to run for Mayor than continue as COS? What kind of message does that send to GOP and Dems? What message does that send to the people? The message could be that the administration is a sinking ship and Emanuel needs to jump off before it's too late.

    September 28, 2010 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  7. Kevin Morgan

    Rahm leaving isn't news at all. Thirty days after the fact, the real story is who will replace him as chief of staff. Whatever happens in Chicago, the new chief of staff will have more relevance than anything Rahm does now.

    September 28, 2010 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  8. Beck

    A wise choice since Obama will not be in for a second term and he won't have a job.

    September 28, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  9. Laural

    Good. President Obama needs a real strong Democrat who believes in the democratic policies and has his back!

    September 28, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. lala

    He should. Sty more opportunities at the. White house

    September 28, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  11. james

    This isn't news. We've known this was happening ever since Obama forced Daley out so Rahmmie Ramjet could have the job. This is all about making sure Hillary is loyal and not about to run against The Machine. She's been making waves with her comments on Obaa's horrific domestic policies. They have to know if she's still loyal, so they'll offer her this to keep he from running. If she takes the job she's loyal. If she turns it down she's running.

    September 28, 2010 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. TheBoss

    "All of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the White House personnel turnover..."

    The current Whitehouse is full of people more concerned with their own careers rather than the welfare of the country.

    September 28, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  13. William A. Schaedler

    I hope this guy leaves the White House, campaigns for the office of mayor of Chicago and is defeated when the election for mayor of Chicago is held. He is just untrustworthy and repugnant. Good riddance, I say.

    September 28, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  14. mdyer

    Like rats off a sinking ship.

    September 28, 2010 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  15. ChipH

    Yeah, someone has to run the $12 TRILLION slush fund the private Fed Bank of the foreign globalist elites looting America:
    Our forefathers would be spinning in their graves like dynamos if they heard what we are PASSIVELY allowing to happen.
    CHINA and INDIA billionaires are LAUGHING at us, you can find them joking on Twitter about the 'Usury Serfs of Amerika'.
    Rahm Emanuel, like Robert Gates, are cashing out early so they can ROLL IN THE TROUGH of war profiteering MERCS and Fed bankster USURISTS who have stolen *TENS TRILLIONS* from Americans between 2000 and 2009, the Bush Years. One of Gates' MERCS is a former Army Ranger General, selling his 'intelligence' to the Pentagon for *$14 MILLION* a year! They would slit your grandmother's throat for a fraction of that loot, greed so loathsome now they can't wait to bail into it!

    September 28, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  16. Patrick Fitzgerald

    I will be waiting.

    September 28, 2010 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  17. styx

    whatever you decide Rham..if you have any serious political ambitions...get out NOW.....

    September 28, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  18. Steve

    Repugs and Demrats all the same. Isn't Chicago famous for corrupt mayors?

    September 28, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  19. Lisa

    So if he looses, does he get to come back?

    September 28, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  20. damien

    Wow! one of the biggest crooks in mayoral history decides not to run again and another weasel from the Chicago Machine steps in.

    September 28, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  21. Pete

    He should have never accepted the position knowing well what he was running for in Chi-town.Shame on him like the rest of Obamas people who are jumping ship because they can't handle the heat,hope they find happiness all at the unemployment line inD.C.....Don't know what the weekly rate is there,good luck!!

    September 28, 2010 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  22. John G

    The rats are leaving the ship. Good riddance.

    September 28, 2010 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  23. Not_My_Mayor

    Buh Bye, Mr. Obstructionist.

    September 28, 2010 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  24. Marcus68

    One down, now only if his boss would leave. Well, he'll figure out that he can't run the WH without Emanuel. lol.

    September 28, 2010 02:50 am at 2:50 am |

    This is great. At least we will be rid of one of the cancers and won't even have to vote on him. Chicago will take care of that. Then if they elect him they will deserve what they got. After all they're the one who gave us the foreigner we now have in the Oval Office.

    September 28, 2010 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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