Chicago Sun-Times
The scoop from Washington

Washington Post columnist says Rahm Emanuel considering run for Chicago mayor. White House says not so.

| 1 Comment

The Washington Post's Sally Quinn--a columnist who is the voice of the Washington establishment--on Tuesday wandered into the Chicago precincts of the Obama White House. She's floating White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor--and predicting he will stay on the job for only 18 months.

A White House aide said in response to Quinn, "we are saying the same thing we've been saying about this since this rumor started more than a year ago: "Rahm is 100% focused on the job at hand - serving President Obama as his Chief of Staff."

Quinn's Emanuel nugget is buried in a column where she called for White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers--and Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan-- to step down in the wake of three people crashing the Nov. 24 Obama White House state dinner for the Prime Minister of India. Rogers is a close friend of the Obamas and White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Quinn's column was triggered by the Secret Service announcement on Tuesday that Tareq and Michaele Salahi were not the only crashers at the party; on Monday came the news of a third crasher. Before the State Dinner, the third crasher identified in another Post story as Carlos Allen, a party planner with links to the Salahis-- joined a delegation of Indian CEO's at the Willard Hotel, near the White House, in a group assembled by the State Department. The Secret Service cleared the group through security at the hotel; the State Department then drove them to the White House, not aware that one of the men in the group was not on the guest list.

Quinn suggested that Emanuel was not pressuring Rogers to resign because of what she presumed were his mayoral ambitions.

"Emanuel, the most political animal in this town, also should understand that keeping Rogers on as social secretary reflects upon the president's judgment. It's possible that he has other considerations,'' Quinn wrote. "Emanuel is said to have told people that the chief-of-staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago. And Rogers is a major social and political player in the Windy City.''

Emanuel is finishing his first year as chief of staff. He moved his family to Washington from their North Side home this summer. He gave up a safe House seat that could have led him to be Speaker of the House to join the Obama administration.

Mayor Richard Daley, 67, is up for re-election in 2011--and has not said if he will run again--but if the health of wife Maggie permits--it's hard to see Daley--who's had one of the worst years of his 20 years in City Hall-- quitting while it is perceived he is down. In December, 2010, Daley will be Chicago's longest serving Chicago mayor--passing the mark of his father, Richard J. Daley.

Emanuel is a Daley loyalist. He would never run against the mayor. Emanuel won his House seat with the help of Daley's political army. And while Emanuel is a superpower in Washington, his standing in D.C. would not translate into an automatic clearing of the field if he ran for mayor. There are a lot of Chicago political heavyweights who have been waiting a long time for Daley to step down or retire.

1 Comment

I am so HAPPY I won't be here for this election. I have had all I can take of this city. The crime/hispanics/corruption/lies/sneaky politicians/taxes and fees have just about drained me. 30 years ago I would have never even thought do leaving, now I can't wait to get out. This city and state has been run into the ground by GREED. I can't afford to live her either physically or mentally and especially monetary. So its out west for me. Where the WINTERS are milder, the summer not as humid, people speak english,and taxes are minimal, people are fantastic and the cost of living is half. I can't wait to get out of this RAT hole.

Leave a comment

Get the Sweet widget

More widgets


Lynn Sweet

Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Stay in touch

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Lynn Sweet published on January 5, 2010 2:58 PM.

C-SPAN pushing for cameras at health bill was the previous entry in this blog.

Obama after terrorist summit: "The system has failed in a potentially disastrous way." Transcript is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.