CHICAGO – Ever since Mayor Richard M. Daley’s announcement that he will not seek another term as Mayor of Chicago in early September, there has been alot of speculation on who will run in the race. Rahm Emanuel’s name has been tossed around and mentioned more than just a few occasions. Currently Emanuel is the White House Chief of Staff under President Obama’s administration. There are rumors circulating that Emanuel may make his formal announcement about running for Mayor of Chicago on Friday, October 1st. If this occurs, there are a few potential candidates ready to have his residency challenged. This could mean major obstacles for Emanuel.
The main problem Emanuel faces is legal residency. When he moved his family and himself to the white house in January of 2009, he rented his Chicago home. At that point, it was pretty apparent he was not even aware Mayor Daley would not be seeking another term. The family currently renting Emanuel’s house in Chicago have said they will not be leaving. With a lease in place, Emanuel will have no choice but to find another place to reside if he wants to run. Another issue tied into this is a candidate for political office has to reside in the area for at least a year prior to running in the election. Since Emanuel did not leave his house vacant (like Obama did), it can be said that he has not resided in Illinois in over a year. This is going to be a tough one to wiggle out of Mr, Emanuel!
My thoughts on this whole ordeal are pretty straightforward. I believe it is not only foolish but also a waste of time for Emanuel to run. He is probably making decent money at the White House and being Mayor of Chicago probably wouldn’t even come close to the benefits and salary he gets. The residency issue irks me a little as well, because it is not really fair for the candidates that have lived and worked in Chicago in the last year. I am not a fan of anything Obama, so right there tells you Emanuel would not be my choice for backing a Mayoral candidate. I think that Emanuel needs to seriously consider what will happen if he does leave his position at the White House and does not win the Mayoral race. If I were him, I would stay at the White House where he is comfy cozy.
Sources: Personal Opinion
ABC 7 News Chicago