"The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meets
the residency requirements to run for Chicago mayor, overturning a
lower court ruling and re-installing him as the race's frontrunner."
That is what The Washington Post blogger
Chris Cillizza had to report regarding Rahm Emanuel's just announced eligibility to be on the ballot to run for Mayor of Chicago, thereby pushing him back into the lead for the election.
The Supreme Court ruling, regarding his residency, reads (in part) as follows: "The candidate was born in Chicago and, in December 1998, purchased a Chicago home (the Hermitage House), which he still owns. The candidate lived with his family in that home from 1998 through January 2009. On January 2, 2009, the candidate, who had up to then served as a member of the United States House of Representatives elected from the district that included the Hermitage House, resigned his office in order to serve in Washington, D.C., as Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. After traveling to Washington, D.C., he and his spouse purchased additional land adjoining their Chicago property."
They go on to say that, after the election, "On October 1, 2010, the candidate resigned his position of Chief of Staff to the President of the United States and entered into a lease to live in an apartment located on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago from October 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. He has lived in that apartment since October 1, 2010. In his testimony, the candidate explained that he had always expected to serve as Chief of Staff to the President for approximately 18 to 24 months before returning to live in the Hermitage House." (To read the full ruling, follow this link.)
Previous polls show that Emanuel is now, and was, the frontrunner in this election, some polls even showing that he was edging up to 50% of the vote. His opponents for the Mayoral Election are Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, and Carol Moseley Braun.
What can one say? I can't overturn the Supreme Court's ruling just by ranting, but I think the situation calls for it.
Emanuel is simply making a bad decision by running for Mayor. I have no been very vocal on this election, simply because I believe none of the candidates are worthy to be Mayor of Chicago. But Rahm Emanuel is the worst of the bunch. He reminds me of that whiny kids at recess in Grade School who would cry and moan if they weren't allowed to play in a game.
Emanuel was chosen by Barack Obama for a reason. Now that Emanuel has left, I believe he is betraying Obama's choice. Once a President chooses you for a position, you stay with him/her, unless an emergency comes up. You don't leave to further your career, because frankly, you can't get much higher that the President's cabinet. Rahm is simply a greedy, hate-monger who wants all of the pie, not just a sizable piece.
Rahm Emanuel is a foul-mouthed, over-emotional crackpot, and we don't need another one of those in Chicago politics. We need someone with a level head to get us out of this slump we're in, and he's just going to send the whole pot of potatoes boiling over and create even more of a mess. His morals are weak, his proposals for the city are practically nonexistent, intellectually, and he is simply running for Mayor because of his immense greed and lust for power.
If Rahm Emanuel goes on to win Mayor of Chicago, he will turn into another Barack Obama and try to run for President. Inevitably he will piss of some dignitary and we'll have another nuclear war on our heads. We need to cut this dragon off at the head and not elect him Mayor.
If we do elect him Mayor, I truly fear for this great city. We'll be in shambles and Emanuel's head will be on the chopping block, and the Supreme Court will rue the day they let him run.