Looks Like Rahm Emmanuel Won’t Be Chicago’s Next Mayor

January 24, 2011  |  

by R. Asmerom

Did Rahm Emanuel leave his job as White House chief of staff for nothing? It may seem so. Today, an Illinois state appeals court ruled that Emanuel did not qualify for the February ballot in the Chicago mayoral race because in order to run for mayor, a candidate must have resided in the city for one year prior to elections. Although Emanuel maintained a house in Chicago, he did not live there. Obviously, he’s been living in DC.

Despite this huge setback, nobody expects Emanuel to just to roll over and accept the decision. It is expected that Emanuel will appeal the case to the state Supreme Court.

But if Emanuel is indeed out, Senator Carol Moseley Braun will be in prime position to win the election. The African-American politician has a strong voter base despite the fact that she’s raised significantly less money than her high-profile opponent.  According to Reuters, Emanuel has raised $11.8 million for the campaign, from big names like film director Steven Spielberg, and Braun has raised less than $500,000.

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