Obamas vote for Rahm?
February 17th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Obamas vote for Rahm?

Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House so they have now both sent in absentee ballots in the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary, retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

And while Carney will not say publicly whom they voted for - the First Family probably does not want to ruffle any feathers back home in the seven-person race - it's a pretty safe bet they checked the box for the president's former White House chief of staff.

"The president and first lady have filled out their absentee ballots and mailed it," Carney said at the very top of his second on-camera press briefing in his new post.

Carney, however, refused to divulge precisely whom they voted for in the race to succeed Daley in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics that can sometimes make Washington look like child's play.

"I won't be giving copies of those," Carney, perhaps not wanting to step on any toes so early in his tenure, said with a smile about the secret ballots.

After Emanuel initially faced a difficult court battle to stay on the ballot after questions emerged about the legitimacy of his Chicago residency, public polls now suggest he is cruising to victory and may even break the 50 percent threshold needed next week in order to avoid a future runoff battle.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rahm will win without the President and FLOTUS vote. You go Rahm.

    February 17, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Skokie

    They vote for Rham

    February 17, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Skokie

    @ 2 candidiates are not going anywhere, Chico has been at Chicago City Hall for years menaing he is a part of the problem Yes Rham will win.

    February 17, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The point is that they voted. There is no question that too few people in this country vote. We need more people to vote and more people to be aware of the issues. Only an informed electorate can make the country more effective.

    February 17, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. t22

    Only in Chicago can you move away for at least 4 years and still get to vote. My only question is how many times do they get to vote?

    February 17, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Rsprings

    Why do you think they delayed the Blaog trial until after the election? Because Blago has something that will at least embarrass Emmanual. The guy is shady.

    February 17, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |