WASHINGTON--Rahm Emanuel will kick off his Chicago mayoral campaign with a "listening tour" of the city's neighborhoods--to start when he jumps in the high-stakes race for mayor over the weekend.
President Obama is expected to personally announce Emanuel's departure on Friday from the White House--and Emanuel will fly to Chicago over the weekend to finally say he is in the race and to throw himself into the campaign with vigor.
Emanuel's "official" announcement will come later--after the listening tour phase--which Emanuel will use to stock his Chicago issues portfolio.
The listening tour gives Emanuel an on-ramp back into Chicago's neighborhoods--and lets him re-introduce himself to the city on a personal basis. While Emanuel is famous in Washington--he has a lot of work to do for people outside of his old House district to get to know him. The listening tour also plays perfectly in a contest where Emanuel--or any other major contender--must forge a white-African-American and Hispanic coalition in order to survive the Feb. 22 primary and get in the April 5 run-off.