Source: LA Times
The front-runner doesn’t meet residency requirements, a state appeals court says, reversing the elections board. The former congressman and Obama chief of staff plans to appeal.
Rahm Emanuel, who left Chicago to join the Obama administration as White House chief of staff, should not appear on the Feb. 22 mayoral ballot in the city because he does not meet the residency standard, according to a ruling issued by a state appellate court Monday.
Emanuel told a news conference he would appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court and would ask for an injunction so his name would appear on the mayoral ballot.
“I have no doubt at the end we’ll prevail in this effort,” Emanuel said. “We’ll now go to the next level to get clarity.”
Ruh-ro, a monkey wrench has been thrown in the Chicago mob/Obama White House attempt to maintain total control. Mayor Richard Daley is retiring and supporting Rahm’s candidacy while his brother, William Daley, has just been named as the new White House Chief of Staff. Awww, such a good puppy dog, here’s your treat! It should be noted that William Daley is a former high-level executive at JP Morgan and had to dump $8 million worth of stock in order to take the position. Do not believe for one instant that the position doesn’t include enough benefits and power that a man is willing to cash in his restricted stock on a dime in order to play ball. A JP Morgan executive in the White House, along side their partners in crime, Goldman Sachs. See here for more information.
Emanuel, a former congressman, has been the front-running candidate in the race to succeed retiring Mayor Richard Daley. The latest poll by the Chicago Tribune showed Emanuel at 44%, more than double his closest rival, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
In a 2-1 ruling Monday, the appellate panel said Emanuel does not meet the residency requirement of having lived in Chicago for a year prior to the election. The judges reversed a decision by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which had unanimously agreed that Emanuel was eligible to run for mayor.
“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the [Illinois] Municipal Code’s requirement that he have ‘resided in’ Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the majority judges wrote.
Emanuel said he meets requirements despite moving to Washington, D.C.. He served as President Obama’s White House chief of staff until October.
“Fundamentally, when a president asks you to serve the country as his chief of staff, you do it,” Emanuel said.
Hayden’s Note: I like how he’s essentially blaming the President for his invalid residency.
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