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article imageRahm Emanuel may quit as Barack Obama's Chief-of-Staff

By Andrew Moran     Jan 11, 2010 in Politics
A rumor currently being circulated around the media suggests that Chief-of-Staff of the Obama administration, Rahm Emanuel, may quit his position because of his frustration with lawmakers in Washington. Emanuel, instead, may run for Mayor of Chicago.
Washington insiders say that Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave his position and possibly run for the Mayor of Chicago, according to the New York Post. Emanuel is frustrated with lawmakers who do not follow policies directed by the Obama administration and Emanuel himself. Many officials both in the White House and Congress are not too happy with his erratic behavior that some have compared to Ari Gold.
Columnist for the Washington Post, Sally Quinn, wrote that sources have told her that Emanuel said the Chief-of-Staff position is only an 18-month job “and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago.”
However, one White House aide said, reports Politico, that Emanuel is not going anywhere, “He's working every day on health care, Afghanistan, the economy and implementing the president's agenda. All this talk that he would go anywhere comes from people who don't know him.”
Top administration officials expect the Chief-of-Staff to remain until November’s midterm elections and possibly even if longer if the President seeks Emanuel’s assistance in his 2012 reelection bid.
Politics Daily reports that Emanuel appeared on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” and discussed the rumors of Emanuel running for Mayor and competing against Chicago incumbent Richard M. Daley, who has held office since 1989, and said, “The reason I left Congress to join the president is because I think it is a historic time with great challenges. And I was pleased to get offered to do this job and I'm pleased to stay here as long as the president wants me to stay here. And I plan on staying as long as he has me here.”
In an e-mail to Politico, Emanuel stated that he will support Daley for reelection as Mayor and many people close to Emanuel say Daley has been a mentor to him.
If Emanuel were to resign his post then one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers Valerie Jarrett could take his place.
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