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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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ugh...really? this guy is devisive, just like Pelosi - and i actually voted for Obama.

Hope he doesn't surround himself by the extreme for too long, or he won't be re-elected. this country is moderate.

dingell and boucher are moderate dems about to be replaced on their committees by the other end of the dem party. depressing. quick - if they hurry, they can shut down all of the rest of manufacturing.

read CQ.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | November 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is one of the smartest people on the hill. With the democrats in significant control in both houses of congress, he would be the ideal choice for Chief of Staff. His knowledge of the white house, the house of representatives, and his connections with senators would all bode well for President Obama. PRESIDENT OBAMA???!!!!!! How fabulous is that!

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | November 4, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

we can't expect obama to transform hell into heaven in a matter of hours.
We the warmongering masses applauding invasions in standing ovation few years back, should know better.
Whoever the chief of staff we hope to be loyal bright and honest open to innovation and critical thinking, as barack is.

Posted by: tabita | November 4, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Booooo! Obama uses a "fair trade" message to win the Democratic nomination -- Democrats are picking up House and Senate seats across the country running ads critical of trade deals that offshore American jobs -- and "Mr. NAFTA" gets appointed Chief of Staff? Thanks for all the "change," Mr. President.

Posted by: orftc | November 4, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This guy is not tough as Pelosi.

Posted by: speedo1 | November 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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