Rahm Emanuel wanted to return to Chicago?

Here's a nugget in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's new book, The Governor, involving President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

According to the Associated Press:

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that White
House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wanted his help in arranging to leave
the Obama administration after two years to reclaim his seat in

Blagojevich writes in "The Governor" that Emanuel spoke with him about
whether it was possible to appoint a "placeholder" to the congressional
seat Emanuel was giving up so that he could win back the seat in 2010
and continue his efforts to become speaker some day....

Blagojevich says Emanuel was interested in his own career because he
had to give up his congressional seat to work in Obama's White House.
Blagojevich writes that Emanuel dreamed of being speaker of the U.S.
House and wanted to know if Blagojevich would work with him to name a
successor to "hold" his seat until he wanted it back.

Blagojevich says he told Emanuel he didn't think he could do that and
the House vacancy would have to be filled by special election. But
Emanuel reportedly told him "his lawyers thought there was a way."

"As we have done for many months, we will continue to decline comment,"
Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said in an e


Mike Quigley: A place holder for Rahm Emanuel?

mail Monday.

Mike Quigley, the former Cook County Board commissioner who was  elected  to replace Emanuel, might have different thoughts about being a place holder. So might some of his constituents. Maybe.


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  • Stantis's editorial cartoon today summarizes what one can expect from the book.

    However, since the criminal complaint and indictment contain all sorts of references to "Presidential Advisor," CD5, and the like, it sure will be interesting to see what Rahm says when called as a witness, which he assuredly will be, by one side or the other.

  • Here's the real nugget: Dennis Byrne is quoting Rod Blagojevich like he's the fountainhead of truth. Atlas is shrugging. So am I.

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