Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Once again, Illinois politics is in the news with yesterday's surprise ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court that Rahm Emanuel, candidate for mayor of Chicago in the February 22, 2011 primary, does not meet the residency requirements and must have his name removed from the ballot. This, of course, is already being appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court--which should be the end of the road for the debate--win or lose for Emanuel. As of this morning the Illinois Supreme Court has put a hold on the ruling to remove Emanuel's name from the ballot until further study. Here are some of the comments/opinions that are spinning around the country.
Valerie Jarrett, Obama adviser on this morning's "Good Morning America." "I think that (Obama) believes that he's eligible, and I believe that he (Obama) believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts and, as he said he thinks Rahm will make a terrific mayor."
Eva Rodriquez, The Washington Post Editorial Board Member. "Even hundreds of miles away, you can probably hear the blizzard of F-bombs sweeping down from the Great Lakes."
Wall St. Journal Editorial Board. "Conservatives like to gripe that too many politicians go native in Washington and never return home. So why are so many people rejoicing that an Illinois appeals court ruled yesterday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is ineligible to run for mayor of Chicago on February 22 because he hasn't lived in the city for the past year?"
Andy Ostroy, Huffington Post. "It's not about politics. It's about stupidity. Their decision is just plain wrong and un-American."
Frank James, NPR blog. "Anyone who believes in the Chicago political machine's omnipotence may want to revise their theories on how the world works.
Here's what some local sources are saying:
Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: "With the election just four weeks away, the appellate panel voted 2-1 to reverse the decisions of the Chicago Board of Elections and a Circuit Court judge. It's an adventurous, flawed ruling that has immediate and profound consequences. The case is headed to the Illinois Supreme Court, but the ballots are headed to the printer -- without Emanuel's name. Early voting begins Monday...The Supreme Court must set this right, and fast."
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board: "The truest words issued by an Illinois Appellate Court Justice on Monday were these: Striking Rahm Emanuel's name from the ballot for mayor of Chicago unfairly "disenfranchises ... every voter in Chicago who would consider voting for him."... We can only hope that the Illinois Supreme Court will order an injunction keeping Emanuel's name on the ballot and then reverse the lower court's decision as soon as possible."
Northwestern University Law Professor Dawn Clark Netsch: "Residency still has been primarily in most states a question of intent, and I don't think there's any question about his intent."
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