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.
Washington Post Staff
| September 30, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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