Emanuel narcissistic, opponents tell court
January 25th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
12 years ago

Emanuel narcissistic, opponents tell court

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

Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Let's see. The guy maintained a residency in the city of Chicago, paid property taxes to the city of Chicago, voted in the city of Chicago, has a drivers license that states his home is in Chicago. What more does he need? His family didn't live there because (heaven forbid) he wanted them in Washington D.C. where he might see them once and a while.

    A bigger question is why the people who brought this lawsuit (one of which rents his house) has such a problem with his mayoral candicay. What is in it for them? What did one (or all) of the other candidates for mayor promise them to promote this waste of time and money?

    January 25, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. carrotroot

    So the counter argument to keeping Emanuel off the ballot is his personality??? I don't see how an individual's personality has anything to do with their residency status ...

    January 25, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Lynne

    Aren't all politicians somewhat narcissistic???? They ALL do a lot of "everyone look at me" .... it comes with the job.

    January 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Alma

    Let the voters decide, afterall that's the democratic way isnt it?

    January 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. jklapper

    Last I checked leaving an area due to Federal service does not make you "not" a resident of that area...

    January 25, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The man accepted what basically amounts to a consulting position with the White House. He knew that no matter what, in eight years he was out. As a result, he did not sell his home he rented it, or in the terms of extended periods away for business sublet it. He still paid state tax, still voted in and was still very much part of Chicago.
    Hopefully in the end the court will see it properly. His opponents will just have to win the old fashion way- by convincing voters they are better.

    January 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Kimberly Harding

    More petty in fighting! The fact they are fighting against him, on unfound basis, is a sign of insecurity, and knowing they will lose to him! This is the same moronic thing brown tried to do in Alaska...He lost, but wanted to win by default...Buck up whieners! He WILL be mayor, like it or not. he pays taxes there, he has a home, he votes there. When you go to Washington to serve the nation, you should NEVER be threatened to lose your home state rights! This is the SAME when soldiers go to Iraq, they are still members of their state! If he had left to go to Alabama to work for Wal-mart, then he is not a resident of Illinois. He didnt! Its normal for congress and senate members on BOTH sides to do this. SO PLEASE right wingers, keep this on TOPIC, he should be able to run regardless of your view. I would say the same thing for a right winger in this spot. This is a NON issue brought about by ignorant scared opponients. If he was so terrible he wouldnt be whooping all ya'lls butts!

    January 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    "Emanuel has been the clear front~runner" There you have the entire reason fo trying to discredit him.The"real shame"to the voters of Chicago,would be in being forced to elect someone who is much less qualified to run the place,because of an argument that should have no base to start with.

    January 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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