After Court Ruling, What’s Next For Rahm Emanuel?

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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel


He may be regretting relinquishing that White House Chief of Staff position.

Today an Illinois Appellate Court ruled that Rahm Emanuel did not meet the residency requirements to run for mayor of Chicago. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said that Emanuel had not been a Chicago resident for a year prior to the election.

When Emanuel was tapped as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff a couple years ago, Emanuel moved to Washington, D.C., and rented out his Chicago home. But that did not appease the court.

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It’s a major setback for Emanuel just a few days after he received the support of 44 percent of Chicagoans surveyed in a Chicago Tribune poll and was slowly moving toward gaining a majority.

So where does Emanuel go from here? USA Today reports that Emanuel said “this will go to the next level,” indicating a push to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. And his lawyers said they’ll ask for a “stay” of the order. If that’s allowed, his name could go back on the ballot but will consume much of Emanuel’s election efforts. If not, it appears that the front-runner becomes former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, who was a Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and received 21 percent support in the Chicago Tribune poll. (via The Page)

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