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article imageSource says Rahm Emanuel may leave White House post next month

By Andrew Moran     Sep 22, 2010 in Politics
Washington - A source close to the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, says it is quite possible that he will leave the White House next month in order to run for the mayor of Chicago, which has been an "aspiration" of his since Congressional days.
Digital Journal reported in January that there were rumors floating around Washington and in the media that Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, was quitting his White House post and instead run for mayor for the city of Chicago because of his frustration with Washington lawmakers.
Nine months later, a source close to Emanuel told CBS News that it is quite possible that he will leave the White House next month, which would be earlier than expected. Emanuel would still run for Chicago mayor.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Illinois Democratic Congressman, Danny Davis, who is also interested in exploring a mayoral bid in Chicago, said Emanuel asked for a meeting to discuss the mayor’s race and the two spoke for about a half an hour at the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington.
“I got the impression it is very likely he is going to do this,” said Davis. “We talked about, if we were to become candidates, what kind of campaigning that should be done — that it's important to try and keep the city as harmonized as possible and that the city not become split and divided. Whoever is campaigning should have that uppermost in their minds. And we both assured each other that, should we become candidates, that would be our approach and would be our tactics.”
In an interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose, Emanuel explained that if current Chicago mayor, Richard M. Daley, did not run for re-election then “One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago. That's always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.”
Even President Barack Obama said that Emanuel would be a great mayor but that he was too busy in the White House to make that kind of leap.
The final day for nomination papers for the Chicago mayoral election on Feb. 22 is Nov. 22.
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