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Did Rahm Emanuel want a placeholder for his House seat?

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My Chicago Sun-Times colleagues Dave McKinney and Natasha Korecki story about how now impeached Gov. Blagojevich then chief of staff John Harris surfed the web on the day then President-elect Obama tapped then Rep. Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff--Nov. 6, 2008. Harris was researching whether Blagojevich could appoint someone for Emanuel's seat, with the idea being to have a placeholder in case Emanuel wanted to come back to Congress--and one day resume being on track to be House Speaker.

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Rahm Emmanuel appears to be marching in the footsteps of Karl Rove and if the President doesn't want his reputation damaged then he should encourage him to return to Chicago and pursue what ever office he believes he is entitled too.

He currently is not helping Obama and in the long run will do much more damage than the President deserves!

I'm sure President Obama appreciates your concern, Pat.

I still don't understand what is so wrong with inquiring about a placeholder. The Senate seat replacement is appointed, why not the House seat? They all will have to go through an election to win the seat again. The only controversy should be 1) did Blago ask for a favor in return, 2) if so, what kind of favor, and 3) was Emanuel amenable to his request? If all three were true, you would think the U.S. Attorney would have added those charges to the list.

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