White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama‘s right-hand man who has long expressed interest in the Chicago job, has left little doubt he may resign to enter the race to replace longtime Mayor Richard Daley, who is retiring. News reports have said Emanuel was likely to step down — or was at least considering such a move — before U.S. congressional elections on November 2.
If Emanuel, a Democrat, decides to run for mayor, he has until November 22 to file for a February 22 primary election. Emanuel represented a Chicago district in the U.S. House of Representatives before joining Obama’s team. Emanuel’s family only moved to Washington recently, and his children started school in the area just three weeks ago. Emanuel’s current post gives him influence in shaping Obama’s legislative priorities. He also oversees White House staff and effectively determines who sees the president.