Mayor Emanuel?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 19, 2010


Now that he can no longer become Speaker of the House–having taken himself out of the Congressional rat race by signing up as President Obama’s chief of staff–Rahm Emanuel says that he wants to be the Mayor of my beloved city, once Richard M. Daley decides to relinquish City Hall to a successor:

“I hope Mayor [Richard] Daley seeks re-election. I will work and support him if he seeks re-election,” Emanuel told Charlie Rose on the host’s PBS talk show, in an interview broadcast Monday night. “But if Mayor Daley doesn’t, 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.”

Can there now be much doubt that Emanuel wants out of the Obama Administration–and that indeed, he might be getting pushed out? Chiefs of staff who want to stay on–and who feel that they can stay on–don’t daydream about become Mayor of Chicago. And one wonders what Emanuel was thinking when he made this statement; in the event that Daley decides that he does want to run for another term, Emanuel’s obvious desire to get out of the Obama White House might cause him to get pushed out, and might cause him to lack a chair when the music stops.

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