Emanuel may soon confirm Chicago bid

By Anne E. Kornblut
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to announce as soon as Friday that he will leave the Obama administration to run for mayor of Chicago, a source close to him said Monday night.

The source said, discussing Emanuel's plans on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that Emanuel may yet reverse a decision that has been widely presumed, saying, "Because of family considerations, no final decision has been made."

The chief of staff has been expected to pursue the Chicago job since Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) announced earlier this month that he would not run next year for a seventh term. Emanuel, 50, grew up in Chicago and he rose to national prominence as the chief fundraiser for Daley's first mayoral campaign in 1989.

But the timing of his departure from the White House has remained an open question, with many speculating that he would stay through the midterm elections in six weeks.

The deadline to file nominating papers for the mayor's race is Nov. 22, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners' Web site.

President Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos recently that he thinks Emanuel would make "a terrific mayor."

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