Rahm Emanuel Emerges as a Front-runner for Obama Chief of Staff Spot
By Shailagh Murray
CHICAGO -- Even before returns rolled in, speculation began mounting that Rahm Emanuel might be selected as White House chief of staff, should Sen. Barack Obama be elected president.
The pugnacious Illinois congressman isn't talking, but Obama aides and allies said they were confident the former Clinton adviser had emerged as the strong front-runner for the job.
If Emanuel accepts an offer that Obama sources believe has been extended, an announcement is expected later this week.
Emanuel rose quickly to House leadership following his election in 2002. Although he aspires to someday become Speaker, his deep knowledge of the White House and Congress, as well as his longstanding friendship with Obama, make him a unique candidate for the job.
Other candidates for chief of staff are believed to include former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Commerce Secretary William Daley, both close Obama allies who also have long experience in government.
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