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Rahm Emanuel to resign Friday, Pete Rouse interim replacement

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will announce his resignation Friday, according to sources familiar with the decision. President Obama will make a personnel announcement from the East Room at 11:05 a.m. Friday, said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Sources say Emanuel will be replaced at least temporarily by Pete Rouse, an Obama adviser and veteran Hill staffer.

The Associated Press reports that Emanuel will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday, according to sources familiar with his plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel's announcement.

"He intends to run for mayor," one of the people told The Associated Press.

Both of the AP's sources said they did not know when Emanuel would make an official announcement about his mayoral bid but that he would launch a Web site with a message to Chicago voters in the near future.

Emanuel's plans have been the source of widespread speculation both in Chicago and Washington, D.C. ever since Mayor Richard Daley announced this month he would not seek re-election. In an April television interview, Emanuel had called it "no secret" he'd like to run for mayor.

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By Washington Post Staff  | September 30, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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Posted by: JakeD2 | September 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

hey JHG
you said, " EMANUEL'S DISHONEST, ELITIST, LIBERAL BOSS. Boo-yah!" should follow ?
you guys baffle me - you really think these definitions only apply to the left ?
You man the "Tan-Man" who golfs more than he works isnt elitist ? You mean the milionaires on the right of the aisle are not elitist ? You mean any disparaging term only applies to the left ?
you guys really baffle me !

Posted by: jpb0914 | September 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Rahm is a cynic who seems to be more interested in winning elections and playing politics than living up to ideals. Therefore, I'm glad he's moving on to a more progressive electorate (Chicago being way more liberal than the US population as a whole). Since he'll be playing politics for a more liberal crowd, I anticipate his efforts to yield results I would consider much better than what he's doing now.

Posted by: DCCharles | September 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much fuller his bank account is. After all, Mr. Foul Mouthed Corrupt Thug (aka Rahm) probably knows where the missing billions from the "stimulus" went. Into the bank accounts of Obama cronies.

As a taxpayer, I want these people audited and an investigation done to determine if any of them have overseas accounts they've been stuffing with our money.

Posted by: kavalair | September 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeeeeaaaaaaaaah !!

Posted by: jpb0914 | September 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame the house cleaning didn't start earlier. Time will tell if Obama has learned his lesson by who he picks to replace Summers and Emanuel and (hopefully) Geitner if he does. Rahm, don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

Posted by: buckbuck11 | September 30, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JHG_sec405 | September 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising that certain people are known to be pure opportunists, ready to jump on board or jump off it, depending on the circumstance at the moment. Loyalty through thick and thin is just not in their value.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | September 30, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy! I get to make the first comment.
Heh heh heh heh.

Well, that's one way to get rid of him.
He won't win, of course. Even Chicago citizens won't like people with a reputation for being a hothead. Nor will they like someone who jumps ship for personal gain or glory. He must not have the soul of a civil servant.
(there, I placed my 5$ bet. wait and see)

Posted by: glenmayne | September 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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