Rahm Emanuel, gray eminence of White House, Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama (since November 2008) is likely to announce as soon as Friday that he will leave the Obama administration to run for mayor of Chicago, notice The Washington Post, by Associated Press. Emanuel has been expected to pursue the Chicago job since Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) announced earlier this month that he would not run next year for a seventh term.
“I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago” Emanuel told talk show host Charlie Rose in April. “That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives. “The deadline to file nominating papers for the mayor’s race is November 22, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners’ Web site.
What will means for President Obama leaving the principal strategist who contributed greatly to his installation in the White House ? In Washington, Emanuel’s departure, though expected by the political world for days now, is still an unquestioned loss for Obama. The president has counted on Emanuel’s intensity, discipline and congressional relationships to keep the White House focused and aggressive. President Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos recently that he thinks Emanuel would make “a terrific mayor”.