Scarcely a day after the announcement that he is leaving the Obama administration to pursue "other opportunities," Rahm Emanuel today announced his intention to run for mayor of Chicago when the term of incumbent Mayor Richard Daley is finished. Emanuel made the announcement in a Youtube video on a channel called ChicagoforRahm, which is likely to serve as his campaign's official website.
Rahm's announcement was widely expected, after his press conference with President Obama on the preceding Friday, where the president thanked Emanuel for his service as White House Chief of Staff and came close to endorsing Emanuel's bid to be mayor of the city where the president still maintains a personal residence and is still a registered voter. Obama described Emanuel as "certainly qualified" to be Chicago's mayor. Prior to joining President Obama's administration, Emanuel served in the House of Representatives as a congressman from a Â Chicago district.
While Emanuel has been known for his abrasive and hard-charging style in his previous position as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and as White House Chief of Staff, Emanuel does not have a history of service in executive positions of political leadership from which he likely leadership style can be gleaned.
At least Saturday Night Live is expecting some fireworks to fly in the upcoming campaign, as Andy Samberg and the show addressed Emanuel's resignation and the Obama press conference in Â their cold open for Saturday, October 2.
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