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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Everyone knows Rahm Emanuel lives in Chicago

By Richard Cohen

While Rahm Emanuel was a White House aide to Bill Clinton, he caught the eye of Goldman Sachs. To Jon Corzine, then Goldman's chairman, Emanuel was the perfect prospect. He could work hard and long. He was furiously industrious. He was very, very smart -- and, soon, if he only would say yes, he would be immensely rich. Emanuel said no. He would rather return to Chicago. It was home.

Now two appellate court judges have ruled that Chicago is not Emanuel's home after all. The court ruled that Emanuel was not a resident when he worked as Obama's chief of staff -- even though he owned a house there, kept mementos there and was rumored from the very first day he joined the Obama white House to be returning to Chicago to run for mayor. The court Monday tossed him off the ballot.

The Chicago Tribune called the ruling "judicial arrogance," and I suppose it is. It is more than that, though. It contradicts common sense and everything that anyone knows about Emanuel. He is Chicago-born, Chicago-raised and Chicago-through-and-through. It's true -- and I will beat you to the punch here -- that in choosing Chicago over New York, he did not exactly choose penury -- he joined the investment banking firm of Wasserstein Perella and became a millionaire -- but it is not everyone who would pass up the biggest of big bucks at the biggest of investment banks for any reason at all. It was clear that Emanuel was smitten with Chicago.

Emanuel is a tough guy whose hobby is collecting enemies, so it is rough work to feel sorry for him. But as a member of the House, he gave up the chance to someday become speaker when he answered Obama's summons and became White House chief of staff. Emanuel had to know that no one lasts at that job -- while a speaker has the longevity of a Redwood. He did what he thought was the right thing.

His recompense was to become mayor of Chicago. Now that, too, might be taken from him. (An appeal of the appeal is pending.) But he is officially off the ballot and, broad smile notwithstanding, on his back. The court said that for the previous year, he did not maintain a residence in Chicago. Everyone else knows better. Rahm Emanuel lived nowhere else.

By Richard Cohen  | January 25, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
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Just curious, Did Emanuel vote in the November elections in Chicago? If so he would seem to be a resident.

Posted by: cschottm | January 25, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

We live in a nation of laws that all have to obey, no matter how special you are. Chicago Municipal code says you have to "reside" in Chicago, not just have a "residence". Everyone knows has not resided in Chicago for the last year, as the law requires. He lived in DC until he moved back to DC. What am i missing here?

Posted by: glennstanton | January 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Rahm once stated "citizenship is not an entitlement program" and explained you must earn it by free mandatory service to the federal government or you don't retain your right to be a citizen. Since even the office of mayor requires one to uphold the constitution he should be disqualified for his extreme contempt of it's principles.

Posted by: Fivel | January 25, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I smell an agenda all over this article.

So, if I buy a house in every state and place 'mementos' throughout each house, I can legally run for any office?

It's simple, and you're all trying to over-complicate it. He's not allowed to run, simple.

Posted by: LOLWUTNO | January 25, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Cohen lies when he said "court ruled that Emanuel was not a resident". The truth is that his residency was upheld.

The ruling said he did not "reside in" Chicago for that year. THAT is the requirement that Chicago imposed, not residency. Those who can not understand the difference don't need to opine about it.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | January 25, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Please read the dissenting opinion...it blows apart the majority opinion.

Rahm should run, and I expect the Supreme Court will agree.

Posted by: VanManKL | January 25, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows Rahm lives in Chicago.
Ore' Really?!!!

I will tell what everyone now knows.
Richard Cohen is a whiney weasel.
Good Lord just look at his picture.
Just listen to him lie to himself.

Posted by: HippyHawk | January 25, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Shoe ... Meet the other foot!

Posted by: MarkOden | January 25, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wonder what happens when we ask the best person for a particular role to SERVE his country in its moment of need, BUT by doing so, he would screw himself out of his next career?

Seems that could said of this situation.

Posted by: John_Expat | January 25, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The last paragraph says his "recompense" for doing the right thing was to be mayor of Chicago. By definition, doing the right thing isn't motivated by getting compensation.
Also, if Judicial arrogance is evidenced here, so is political arrogance. No sitting politician has the right to be mayor of anything just because he paid some dues. Maybe both branches deserve each other, but the voters deserve better from both.

Posted by: ianbond | January 25, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"His recompense was to become mayor of Chicago. Now that, too, might be taken from him."

His "recompense" might be "taken from him?" Is he running for mayor or being appointed Duke of Chicago?

Posted by: bryanstrother | January 25, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen, your arrogance and sense of entitlement is astonishing. You write about Emanuel "he gave up the chance to be speaker...his recompense was to become Mayor of Chicago." Emanuel CHOSE his path, weighed the risks and took them. And where do the voters of Chicago figure in this? The office of mayor is his "recompense"? Your journalistic integrity is as corrupt as Chicago politics.

Posted by: helen12troy | January 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

No Richard, he did not. He lived in Washington and happened to own a rental property in Chicago. If he were a student, would he have qualified for in-state tuition? I doubt it.

Saying he was a resident in his "heart and mind" doesn't make him one in reality.

Posted by: tjtomjonestj | January 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Emanuel's claim of cleaning up Chicago politics has the power brokers scared! The appellate court setting a new precedence way above and beyond current interpretations requires a judicial review, they over stepped their authority and it is even pointed out by the dissenting opinion! Hope the disbarment was worth it! Second no US Representatives or Congress person can run for reelection in Illinois now. Can not physically live in IL and Washington at same time. Most would rent out their home address while in Washington for the four or six year term with "INTENTION" to return for a reelection campaign that is now prohibited by this new and unusual interpretation of the law! This is pure politics, the greedy crooks do not want the clean up guy to get in and are violating the law and abusing power to stop him. The very thing he promises to end.

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Rahm Emmanuel assumed that the same rules which had always applied to everyone else would apply to him. The Appeals Court wrote a new rule; we will see what the Supreme Court does. I know in Texas it a highly political decision; don't know anything about the Illinois Supreme Court.

Posted by: withersb | January 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The last paragraph of this commentary says Rahm's "recompense" was to be mayor of Chicago, ostensibly for doing the right thing. However, by definition, compensation isn't the expected result of doing what we know is right. I realize inside the beltway, not much is done that is not self-serving, but being Mayor of Chicago is not a perk for loyalty...at least by design...(insert smirk at my naivete here)

BTW, judicial arrogance may be at play here, but so is political arrogance by Rahm. Perhaps both branches of government deserve each other, but today's voters deserve better.

Posted by: ianbond | January 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Rahm parachuted into Chicago when he ran for Congress. He's parachuted in for this run for Mayor. He's Northshore suburban New Trier Grad who's sometimes lived in the city. He's not a Steinmetz, Marshall, or St Rita's guy who took a job in DC for a while. There's a big difference there for those of us who know this sort of thing.

Posted by: bill_baar | January 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Democrats love nothing more than a victim and poor little Rahm's being portrayed as a victim. He's a shoe in considering the mentality of most Chicago folks.

Posted by: thebink | January 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Richard - Let me spell it out for you...

The law doesn't care who you are.
The law doesn't care whether you used to live in Chicago.
The law doesn't care why you left.
The law doesn't care if Richard thinks your a good fit for Mayor.
The law doesn't care if you have millions, or turned down millions.
The law doesn't care how smart you are.
The law doesn't care how famous you are.
The law doesn't care if you own a house there.

The law DOES care if you actually RESIDED in Chicago for the last 365 days.

That means buying your food there; buying your gas there; your kids go to school there; you pay your utilities there; you WORK there; you sleep there; etc. etc. etc.

If you're going to make a case of why the LAW should be circumvented, then make a LAW case with facts; not your slobbering, touchy-feely "feelings" of how great a man you think he is.

I don't live in Chicago, and I couldn't care less who the good residents of Chicago elect, but Good Lord - please stop it already. It's disgusting how stupid you obviously think we are.

Posted by: Boozer007 | January 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that liberals always cry foul whenever held to the same laws and standards that they themselves claim to be activists for? Awww no special privilidges for the power-tit suckers, say it aint so.

Posted by: RealisticVET | January 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Rules are the rules ... period. Suck it up Emanuel, you got out witted this go-round. Chicago should consider itself lucky that he won't be in the running. The foul mouthed jew would only embarrass the city.

Posted by: Freethinker4 | January 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Conservative, not a fan of Rahm, but I agree that he is a Chicago resident. Senators, House Reps, staff members rarely sell their home residents because these jobs change with a new administration or voter whim. I'm siding with Rahm on this one. Course since Obama won 2 of his races by getting his other candidates off the ballot - what goes around comes around.

Posted by: debmries | January 25, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"No elector or spouse shall be deemed to have lost his or her residence in any precinct or election district in this State by reason of his or her absence on business of the United States, or of this State." --Chapter 36, Section 3.2(a) of the Illinois Compiled Statutes

Posted by: ChiCat1 | January 25, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

A video called the "rothschild's choice" explains his pass googl it

Posted by: stevefernandez661 | January 25, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I like the question "where did he vote?"

Posted by: Herbito | January 25, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen you are on the money. Military is exempt from owning property and still maintaining residence status. Rental property and renting your home while in Washington serving the country are two entirely different animals and everyone knows it. You do not store your prized personal possessions in a rental property. But you do leave prized possessions in your home when renting it out with intention of moving back. Emanuel has an Illinois Drivers License, voting registration, and yes he voted in the last Illinois elections. For the last hundred years that was the interpretation of the law, the precedence! Now from political pressure from, maybe Ed Burke, these two judges violated their authority; to change the precedence that will have long lasting negative effects on Illinois if not over turned by the Illinois Supreme Court ASAP. This is also why the election board, and Cook county judge sided with Emanuel, it is the law. Not this wrong and damaging interpretation of the appellate court!

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

One can write a book on whether Emanuel "has collected enemies" as claimed here, or whether he has "created enemies," as is reported in other articles. Here is my take on this: At a White House party on Mother's Day, Obama said that "Emanuel doesn't use the word "day" after "Mother," an insinuation that he prefers the "Mother F...." lexicon! Then, the president told the audience that "Emanuel lost "half of his right middle finger in an accident when he was young, and that had rendered him practically 'mute' [unable to flash it ]." Then he turned and asked Emanuel: "Have you ever used that stump?" Emanuel laughed, but I am sure he would like to use that stump at the Illinois Appellate Court now. And if the Illinois Supreme Court reverses the Appellate Courts decision, I am sure he will. That's Emanuel. He is not an affable politician bearing bouquets of roses.

Emanuel has created many enemies by arrogance that otherwise negates his small stature. He returned to Chicago when mayor Rich Daley decided to quit like a prince returning to inherit the throne when his father dies. And many Chicagoans (I live in Chicago's west suburbs; do not vote in Chicago) resented his high clout, his multimillionaire status, and his arrogant style of "I am here. I am the one. Everybody else get the f.... out of here." In short, he behaved like a Chicago city snowplow truck, and he went out with an egomaniac attitude to plow every other candidate on the side. And when the Chicago Election Commission allowed him to run for mayor - despite the legal requirements that he did not fulfill, and when a Cook County judge rubber-stamped that decision, it seemed that Emanuel will get the mayorship of Chicago because his clout was above the law.

Emanuel shifted into overdrive, and as a multimillionaire with green to spare, he probably thought the election was his. And he seemed to be unstoppable - until
the Appellate Court - where the law, not the clout, weighed more on the case in the docket. And there was where the Emanuel unstoppable train to mayorship of Chicago hit the wall! Worse for him, the dissenting judge's opinion was that "Emanuel went to Washington to serve his country, and he deserves to leap over the law" (not the exact wording of the judge, but the essence of the dissent).

Now the Illinois Supreme Court will have the final word. And unless Emanuel has enough clout there to be given a pass on a technicality, his bloated ego will fizzle in the winds of the Windy City. Surely, the remaining candidates are clowns. But clowning is what makes Chicago what it is. Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Posted by: Nikos_Retsos | January 25, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Would this qualify as a case of judicial activism? What are the political affiliations (and motivations) of the two who voted to throw Rahm Emanuel off the ballot? Whatever the case, this is absurd! If Emanuel maintained a residence in Chicago, paid taxes there and voted in state and local elections, he's a resident.

If this latest ruling is allowed to stand, it would seem that Members of Congress from Illinois who rent or buy homes in the DC area while maintaining residences back home would be affected as well. Elected officials and political appointees from communities across this nation who have made themselves available to serve at the highest levels of government shouldn't have to worry that petty political jealousies will prevent them from returning to their home areas with the full privileges of local citizenship. As you point out, Mr. Cohen, this decision fails the "common sense" test and, I would add, the smell test.

Posted by: leo2thenet | January 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The guy is a weasel, and we don't want him in Chicago. Has the media exposed his contributors, most of which don't reside in Chicago? Why would someone in new York or isreal care enough to donate to a Chicago campaign? Isn't anyone in the media curious as to how someone with no experiance at all in finance makes 18 million as an investment banker? I've been trading for 16 years, and have never come across anyone making that their first two years in. And everyone works 10-12 hour days, so don't say it's his work ethic. He used his government connections. Period. The guy is scum. We've had our share of scum in Chicago. We don't the master of all scum running our city to the ground.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Rahm was serving his community as an elected official and was then called to serve by the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

This is clear cut - regardless of what political ax you have to grind - the man is a resident.

Let him run - let the PEOPLE decide.

Posted by: PulSamsara | January 25, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Cohen you're nothing but the WAPO's version of EX-msnbc olbermann 'the GASBAG'..crawl back under your liberal rock with the rest of the spewers....It's about time chicago got some real justice and cleaned up the 'crook bowl'

Posted by: JWx2 | January 25, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So sick of the racist tripe. If Emanuel was Black or African American or Irish south sider this would have hundreds in the street protesting but since he is not the idiot haters are out in force. Get a life! Persecuting a person because they are Jewish is quite stupid. Small minded thoughts from small minded people! The trailer park trash need to shut their pie hole!

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Rahm was serving his community as an elected official and was then called to serve by the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

This is clear cut - regardless of what political ax you have to grind - the man is a resident.

Let him run - let the PEOPLE decide.

Posted by: PulSamsara | January 25, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Emanuel should just call Hillary to find out how she became senator from New York state. Maybe the court felt that the Windy City lost enough with the Packers pounding. To add Emanuel Rahm to its woes just wouldn't be fair.

Posted by: feudi | January 25, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't the law also state that the "resides in" clause is not in effect if the candidate's absence was due to being engaged in "the business of the United States of America"? I think WH Chief of Staff might just qualify. Maybe I'm just too stupid to figure this stuff out though.

Chicago is once again simply living up to its reputation for insanely corrupt politics.

Posted by: LenB | January 25, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

hahahaha! I suppose you liberal GASBAGS are going to find a way to blame Palin,Bush,Target Drawing,Race Card...quit whining and put some barney franks sauve on that Butt Hurt.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 25, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Yes, let's split every legal hair and define the word "is" and all that on his behalf. And why? Because he's a stinking liberal dimocrat that's why. He's a member of the downtrodden among us who if nothing else, deserve a pass on this law or that law, all in the name of helping out this poor, slighted man. Laws? Forget laws! We're liberal dims! We don't have to obey silly laws!

My suggestion is this: let the Chicagoans vote. If they want this snake for their mayor they can have him and good riddance. Be careful what you vote for Chicago..Emanuel would sell his own mother (and probably his kids) to cannibals if he thought it would make his star twinkle one inkling more. I'm just glad he's no longer stinking up the White House.

Posted by: flintston | January 25, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Did he pay income taxes. If they took his tax money then they acknowledged him as a resident.

One side goes to the election commission and wins. So the other side goes to court and wins. So the first side appeals and wins. At each juncture the winner announces "the court has spoken". When does it end?

Posted by: FemaleVoter | January 25, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Actually the law requires you own a residence not live in it! This appellate decision violates the precedence and prevents all representatives from Illinois running for reelection. Can not physically live here for 365 days prior to running while working in Washington DC. Doh! Idiotic and wrong pure political nonsemse!

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Well Richard Cohen, it looks like everyone didn't know that he lived in Chicago. Thanks for trying to spin the facts and mislead readers!

Posted by: PlainDealer1 | January 25, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The egomaniac made a statement in 2006 stating that he wants to implement mandatory military service for all residents, just like in isreal. WTF?? He says we should let the pubic vote for what it wants, yet he pushed through all the votes in congress for healthcare reform, something the public protested. He was the strong arm of Pelosi. We don't want or need this moron in Chicago.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"He was furiously industrious. He was very, very smart...." So much about the Part that He (Rahm) is Very, Very Smart..

No anointing ceremony this year for Rahm..

Posted by: robertmar | January 25, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Blame it on Clinton and OBAMA for backing this crook..beside didn't obama again back another LOSER called the Chicago Bears...hahahahahaha!...now to rid another chicago white house crook in valerie jarrett "The SlumLord'

Posted by: JWx2 | January 25, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Did he pay income taxes. If they took his tax money then they acknowledged him as a resident.

One side goes to the election commission and wins. So the other side goes to court and wins. So the first side appeals and wins. At each juncture the winner announces "the court has spoken". When does it end?

Posted by: FemaleVoter | January 25, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The court majority, by its own admission, invented an entirely new definition for the word "reside" for this decision.

They say they went to the dictionary. Well let's do that. From the dictionary, RESIDES (verb) means "to dwell permanently or for a considerable time." It comes from RESIDENT (noun) which means "a person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis." Absolutely the same thing.

The court says no. They said RESIDE means LOCATION OVER A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME. That for one year prior to the election any prospective candidate must remain continuously within the elective district and never leave. Leaving resets the clock. Going out of town for the weekend? How 'bout a few days at your cabin in Wisconsin? Sorry, that would make you ineligible for office.

That's what this ruling says. By doing so the court seeks to create two separate definitions, and two classes of citizen, that exist nowhere else in law, language or in nature: the resident and the resider. Residents may vote--but only residers may run.

Posted by: adolphemenjou | January 25, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The law clearly states that one must have "lived" in the city in order to run for office. Even though Emanuel probably flew back to Chicago dozens of times a year and spoke on the phone to his Chicago cronies hundreds of times, this does not mean he "lived" in Chicago for one year.

He may have been a legal resident of Illinois, maybe Chicago, but he didn't live in the city for a year. If he was so in touch with Chicago, he would have known this.

In DC, for example, a person can't be employed by the DC government unless one actually lives in the city, not just own a house in the city.

Posted by: nickca1 | January 25, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Elitists think the rules that apply to everyone else don't apply to them.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 25, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe this artice is fully objective. Nowhere does it mention Rahm Emanuel rented out his home when he moved to Washington, DC. You can't have it both ways!

Posted by: elitedreamr | January 25, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr.Cohen -
Enough already - please stop. R. Emanuel is a thug and Democrat Party Punk.The Chicago Democrat Party Machine is sickeningly corrupt and everybody knows it.The People of Chicago want REAL CHANGE and Emanuel isn't it.

The only meaningful support that Emanuel has is in the suburbs of Chicago. Those folks can't vote for him - but I think you knew that already.

Posted by: grannymiller1 | January 25, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Rahm Emmanuel should have learned the requirements to run for mayor if that's what he wanted to do. If he's that much of a Chicago-ite, he should have know that he had to leave his position as chief of staff over a year ago to get ready to run. Better luck next election, Rahm.

Posted by: weatherbuff | January 25, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Goldman wanted him because he was smart?? Everyone they hire is smart. They wanted him for his connections and inside info. The market is bigger than anyone. It was not purely coincidental that he made 18 million in two two years with no experience as an investment banker. The ballerina is quite the financier. Doesnt take a Rhodes scholar to figure out this guy is a thief and a dishonest person.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it sounds childish, but I think the real reason for the court decision is that Rahm is confrontational, has an ugly personality, and is famous for throwing profanities left and right. In light of Tucson, it did not look right to the judges. The court decision was emotional, I think, because they could go either way: he is a resident, and he is not at the same time. It's 50-50.

Posted by: Inkstand | January 25, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@glennstanton and others who don't believe Emanual was a resident of Chicago for the past year, and is, therfore, ineligible to run for mayor - The law cites an exception for men & women who leave to serve their country. A soldier called to Iraq or Afghanistan doesn't lose his residency and, therefore, his right to run for public office. Emanuel was in DC ONLY to serve his country. He served under Clinton and returned home as well. He served in the House of Representatives for several terms and has returned home. He kept his Chicago driver's license, his home, and his voter registration. Yes, he did vote in Chicago elections, and that came out during the hearings.

Why is this so difficult to comprehend?

Posted by: kthhrrsn | January 25, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Every article I've read in the last week refers to Rahm owning a house in Chicago, but none of them mention that he converted it to a rental property. He said he pays Chicago property taxes, but only because he owns the rental property, not because he lives in the house he pays taxes on.
I believe he intended to convert it back to his primary residence in the future, but he hasn't done so yet, and certainly did not live or hold the property as his primary residence a year ago. Congratulations to the judicial system for making a tough call and getting it right, no matter how powerful the petitioner is.

Posted by: mnat | January 25, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

So would elected congressmen who go to Washington not be eligible for re-election?

Posted by: lgherb | January 25, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Just gotta love these political humor columns! The lower courts' rulings in favor of Mr. Emanuel utilize a rather "winky-winky, nudgy-nudgy" definition of "residing". The law clearly means that to reside is to personally and physically be present in a domicile within the jurisdiction. The lower court rulings clearly tried to advance the political ambitions of this particular candidate.

"Wink-wink, nudge nudge. Say no more!"

Posted by: Oblate | January 25, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

notice how it is another jew that writes this article, he could care less about the laws, just another liberal slime ball trying to influence the press and politics. bottom line is, he isnt a resident just because he used to live there, sheesh how stupid can people get?

Posted by: zzapperz | January 25, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I believe, to paraphrase the old Tony Bennett song, that the court decided that it didn't matter where he left his heart, it was where his butt was that mattered.

Posted by: tvanfosson | January 25, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

You sorta had me up to "(h)is recompense." Stunningly cynical, yep, but a revealing peek into the mindsets of political elites, and some of the journalists who cover them.

Posted by: shocked-n-saddened | January 25, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If a policeman or fireman so much as move to a Chicago suburb, they are ineligible for employment within the city limits. Even if they keep their home and rent it out. Rahm took a job in Washington. It wasn't a publicly elected official post, but a job. He wasn't serving our country, he was working for the democratic party machine. Screw him.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This "case" shows just how arbitrary US residency laws are. In Germany everyone is registered in one place or another whether this is where they work or not. A change of residency is necessary to vote in another district as well as to qualify for that districts benefits or to pay taxes.

Was Rahm paying taxes on his income while he was living in Maryland/Virginia or DC or was he paying in his place of permanent residence (i.e. Chicago)? That should settle the matter. CB

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | January 25, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel was not serving his country, he spent the last year or so serving President Obama. His job was not in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, his salary was paid by the White House. If he were a Republican, do you think he would have been Chief of Staff? His job was political, pure and simple. To think he was "serving his country" is to belittle those who do and those who have.

Posted by: marmadoon | January 25, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

How much Rahm Emanuel loves Chicago is in this case irrelevant. The idea that a person can lose the privileges and immunities of state residence simply because they moved to Washington, D.C. to engage in public service for the federal government is not only statutorily and constitutionally questionable, but morally questionable as well. File this one under "what were they thinking?"

Posted by: mscarborough | January 25, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

To me the main issue is - Does Chicago want the best possible candidates for mayor or not? LIke the author says - Emmanuel is obviously a life long Chicagoan - that's unquestionably his media image too. Whatever nitpicking in the name of legality is driving these judges is clearly not serving the best interests of their city and state.

Posted by: puristartist | January 25, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Everyone also knows that Rahm Emanuel is the son of an Israeli terrorist.

"Rahm's father, Benjamin, was a member of the Irgun, the Zionist terrorist organization that coined a new word as they blew up hotels, train stations, and other buildings in Palestine in the 1930s and 40s."

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." -Rahm Emanuel

Posted by: Josh0 | January 25, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

O puristartist, how wrong u are. Rahm is not even close to the best candidate for our mayor. The only good thing he can bring to Chicago is federal money. Manny Flores was the best choice, but he's not running anymore. The first ward is completly transformed now to a better and safer place. He is a prime example of what chicago politics SHOULD be. Chico has my vote now. I think he'll do an outstanding job.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It is widely known Emanuel rather be Mayor of Chicago than President, yet that is all irrelevant.

More important is the defintion of 'residency'.

Ownership is 'residency' regardless of 'occupation'. If not, he should be exempt from local property taxes.

Besides, questioning his residency as he serves in Washington is like questioning our soldiers' citizenship as they fight abroad-- disrespectful and plain stupid.

Posted by: Robbio1 | January 25, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that the Democratic Party whose heroes are Bill clinton and the late Ted Kennedy supports a government of men, not laws. So, Rahm Emanuel expected a (wink, wink) positive ruling on his residence in Chicago while he was living in Washington, D.C. If elected Mayor of our Second City, he would (wink, wink) run an honest government.

Posted by: sailhardy | January 25, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I guarantee that if Rahm wasn't the frontrunner, he would have pulled something like this out of his bag of tricks. Do u know how many people owe this guy favors, and vice versa? He's a shyster, that's his job. He got what he deserved. Tool.

Posted by: Eqt555 | January 25, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Rahm was born in Hawaii.

Posted by: jimward21 | January 25, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

to all,

i have a better idea. = let's get BHO to resign as POTUS & run for Mayor of Chicago.
(he might actually be qualified to run City Hall.)

to the DIMocRAT hacks, who may be read this post: Mr Emmanual is NOT a "resident" of Chicago, regardless of what you may wish that he is. "resident" means that you reside there rather than only own rental property in Chicago. = the appeals court made the CORRECT decision.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 25, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between "domicile" and "residence." The rule in Chicago requires that the candidate "reside" in Chicago for the year prior to the election. It seems pretty clear that Rahm resided in Washington.

Mr. Cohen says that Rahm resided nowhere else but Chicago. That's interesting. He rented out his "residence" in Chicago, and somebody else resided there. Where did Rahm reside? Where did he sleep every night? Where did he go "home" after work every night? Washington.

Posted by: bluckster | January 25, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course everyone knows he is a Chicago resident. It's just cool to see him have to squirm a bit.

Posted by: dnha | January 25, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hope someone tells Obama he can not run for reelection, Illinois has chnaged the law!

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Was he considered a non-resident when he was representing Chicago in Congress? He simply switched jobs in Washington, D.C., going from a Congressional office to a White House office. Based on the nonsensical judicial ruling, members of Congress would not be considered residents of their home districts.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | January 25, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

When Revulto Rivera opened up Capones' cellar - didn't he mention finding a bunch of Rahm's suits and momentos in there?

Posted by: snowbucks | January 25, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen:

There is a difference between owning a home in a city and actually living and residing in said city. Also his job with the federal government was not that of an elected official it was that of a political appointee there is a difference there.

Rahm was not residing or living in Chicago in the time frame required by the law and his arguments to the contrary quite frankly stretched both logic and credulity.

Posted by: werehawk | January 25, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel is an AIPAC political operative funded by mega-wealthy Hollywood Israeli firsters like Steven Spielberg.

We need a nationwide purge of these Israeli agents from all government positions NOW!

Keep up the good work Chicago.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 25, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Just curious, Did Emanuel vote in the November elections in Chicago? If so he would seem to be a resident.

Posted by: cschottm"

Could not disagree with you more. Rham clearly lived in DC as that is where his job was. Simply voting from Chicago should no more make him a resident of Chicago than my grandparents who live in Florida to avoid NYC taxes but vote in New York elections via mail-in ballot makes them New Yorkers.

Posted by: jboston | January 25, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

>>Elitists think the rules that apply to everyone else don't apply to them

exactly right - as if Dick Cheney really *lived* in Wyoming prior to the 2000 election. Right.

Posted by: hohandy1 | January 25, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

When I rented out my house and moved somewhere else for a year, I didn't get to remain a legal resident, even though I intended to move back. Why do you believe that Mr. Emanuel should get to play by different rules than the rest of us?

Posted by: Itzajob | January 25, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Just heard that the Illinois Supreme Court allowed Rahm to be put on the ballot. Didn't take long for the Dems to correct the oversight.

Posted by: whineridentifier | January 25, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

When "he gave up the chance to someday become speaker when he answered Obama's summons and became White House chief of staff", the also gave up his residency in Chicago. Simple as that.

If he took a job in Paris, but always thought of Chicago as his home and dreamed of being mayor there, it would not matter.

I wonder if he expensed (or wrote off) his moving costs when he went to DC??

Posted by: Rex_Remes | January 25, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse


UNTRUE!

Emanual did work for a Wall sSt firm and made $8 in a very short period of time.

That the Jewish columnist would automatically support the Jewish candidate is an 'of course'. Cohen always does, not unusual.
But why lie in the process?

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse


Emanuel is pure as the driven snow.

A selfless American. Who ignores his best interests constantly, the last time to be CHIEF OF STAFF...a better ladder to mayor than congress.

WHO RAN OFF TO ISRAEL RIGHT AFTER 9/11 to to support their army. Not the American needs.

Cohen is all too obvious; and disgusting here.

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

In the days of the USSR, an injured Russian gymnast didn't do a required part of his routine he couldn't do. Automatic half point deduction. The judges, two of whom were from Commmunist countries, awarded him a 9.8, .3 higher than was legal. Kurt Thomas, the American gynast, then decided not to do the required move also--they had to give him a 9.75. That's the kind of judging we are likely to get here.

Posted by: TheRon21 | January 25, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel took a job in another city. Sure, the job is related to public service, but he is not an elected official. He CHOSE to take a job in Washington DC. Just as he might have taken a job in London working at the local pub - and if he did, it would be clear that he does not meet the requirements to be on the ballot in Chicago.

It does not matter what is in his heart, or what his desire or plan was ... what matters are the facts. And he chose to leave Chicago.

Posted by: Rex_Remes | January 25, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@Boozer007 (January 25, 2011 10:48 AM) -- I agree with you 100%.

" ....

The law doesn't care who you are.
The law doesn't care whether you used to live in Chicago.
The law doesn't care why you left.
The law doesn't care if Richard thinks your a good fit for Mayor.
The law doesn't care if you have millions, or turned down millions.
The law doesn't care how smart you are.
The law doesn't care how famous you are.
The law doesn't care if you own a house there.

The law DOES care if you actually RESIDED in Chicago for the last 365 days.

That means buying your food there; buying your gas there; your kids go to school there; you pay your utilities there; you WORK there; you sleep there; etc. etc. etc.

If you're going to make a case of why the LAW should be circumvented, then make a LAW case with facts; not your slobbering, touchy-feely "feelings" of how great a man you think he is.

.... "

Posted by: Rex_Remes | January 25, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse


EVERYTHING COHEN WRITES from now on should be read in context of this column.

2) Chief of Staff is a POLITICAL position, like advisor, press secretary, etc, they come and go.

The President and Vice President serve the country. The staff is staff.
Emanuel served himself and his interests, and AIPAC
(until the Wh couldn't stand him any more).

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Rahm Emanual, of the IDF post 9/11

a selfless American hero?

Going off to throw up.

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This means Obama cannot run for Mayor of Chicago, either.

I think Chicago is afraid of Emanuel.
He must be good for Chicago.

Posted by: dummy4peace | January 25, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Rahm Emanual, of the IDF post 9/11

a selfless AMERICAN hero?

Going off to throw up!

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Not too sure about the language of Chicago / Illinois law here, but I suspect Rahmbo is going to get the chance to keep his name on the ballot. And he should.

If a single guy or gal living in Chicago joined the service and was then deployed to Afghanistan for a year or so, came home and wanted to run for mayor, would anyone object? Would anyone lock them out because they had not been "in residence" in the city for the previous year?

Let the good citizens of Chicago decide who they want as their mayor.

This is all pretty silly stuff.

Posted by: WacoDave | January 25, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is run by thugs one more won't hurt would it?

Posted by: JWTX | January 25, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is run by thugs one more won't hurt would it?

Posted by: JWTX | January 25, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I knew that applying common sense would prove to be too great a task for some here today.

If he had been serving in the Armed forces, he would be regarded as still a resident of the home town he lived in when called to duty.

If he had been serving overseas, upon his return, he would have been acknowledge as being a resident of that community who had temporarily not resided there because that young man or woman had been called up to serve his/her nation.

Like him or hate him, Rahm Emanuel was called upon to serve his country, by it's Commander-in-Chief, personally.

There isn't a soul in this country that doesn't know that he is a Chicago guy through and through. Even his haters use his "Chicagoness" against him. One thing that his detractors dislike the most about him is his Chicago upbringing and connections.

Posted by: joecairo | January 25, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse


COHEN,

Shouold we have a discussion

whether it's better that instead of going to the fine old Jewish firm of Goldman Sachs to make a quick inexplicable $8 Million

or whether to go to Chicago and do the same thing with another firm, same thing different place...

except that the "expected" will be more local?

Then, a discuswsion on such about Goldman Sachs characters presently and formerly in the WH. Same thing.

You open aa big can of nasty worms. In oh, so many ways.

Posted by: whistling | January 25, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Some points to think about. Rahm and his wife have a tax free office in their home which has had several IRS issues. His wife is still listed as an 'employee' and draws a salary which is listed as a campaign expense.
If he has a problem at this point with the Chicago political structure then Daley's appointment as WH CofS should have resolved that but it did not. It is apparent the C-town establishment would really like if he did not run but Obama need's a working campaign base and he cannot go anywhere else to do it.

Posted by: KBlit | January 25, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

--------------------------------------------------
ChiCat1 posted:
"No elector or spouse shall be deemed to have lost his or her residence in any precinct or election district in this State by reason of his or her absence on business of the United States, or of this State." --Chapter 36, Section 3.2(a) of the Illinois Compiled Statutes
--------------------------------------------------
Thanks, ChiCat1.

Since he's neither an "elector" or elector's "spouse" this would seem to exclude him from residence eligibility, but explains why Senators and Representatives can reside in D.C. without losing local residency.

But this is Chicago, not known for legally sound politicians, so let him exclude himself from the law. If we can produce a popular president with no proof of his legal right to become president, how is this different? The law is irrelevant when you have influence and financial backing.

I can't wait to hear how this backlash against him is Sarah Palin's fault.

Posted by: KrsOmaha | January 25, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"After renting out his North Side home and moving his wife and three children to D.C., Emanuel maintained the Chicago address for his voter registration and driver's license, along with paying property taxes and, important to the board, keeping furniture and loads of personal belongings there."

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/illinois-court-to-rahm-emanuel-be-a-voter-not-a-candidate/70115/

Posted by: gggg2 | January 25, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: glennstanton: "We live in a nation of laws that all have to obey, no matter how special you are. Chicago Municipal code says you have to "reside" in Chicago, not just have a "residence". Everyone knows has not resided in Chicago for the last year, as the law requires. He lived in DC until he moved back to DC. What am i missing here?"

Apparently, quite a bit. Would you suggest that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who are from Chicago cannot vote anymore, because they "reside" elsewhere? Where you reside is a question well beyond where you sleep, or where you live. Would you suggest that someone who rents a condo for a month in Florida during the winter no longer "resides" in their home state? You look to things like where did he pay income tax, where did he vote, where were his cars registered. You don't look to where he lays his head at night.

Posted by: gasmonkey | January 25, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Must be such a total bummer to be chief of staff to the president and have people bow and scrape to you only to be brought up short by a silly little law that any sentient citizen should have foreseen.

But isn't this like a Democrat - the party of law except when it is inconvenient to them.

But after all, who wants a mayor that can't plan for the future? All Mr. Rahm has to do is pay off the judges just like every other Chicago pol.

Posted by: krankyman | January 25, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama only won by using the courts to get the other guy thrown off the ballot. Karma, sweet, karma. Perhaps Rahm can send a dead fish to the judges. That should impress them. If he can't be annointed mayor of corruption city perhaps the little pantywaist can go back to being a ballerina.

Posted by: oldno7 | January 25, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel should just call Hillary to find out how she became senator from New York state.
___

Or maybe he should call Mitt Romney and ask how he managed to become governor of Massachusetts.

Posted by: va2009 | January 25, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for Emmanuel being mayor of Chicago,anything, just so long as he stays out of the national spotlight. He's a nasty, mean-spirited, arrogant putz and the less I hear about him or see his smirking puss, the better I like it.

Posted by: nicekid | January 25, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I would like someone to investigate these judges finances to see if any Right Wing money has poured into their accounts recently. This is nonsense and will be overturned.

Posted by: ExConservative | January 25, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that if Rahm claimed in his tax forms that his primary home was Chicago, and he went back home to Chicago, as often as his work would allow him to do so, Rahm should be considered a Chicago resident. After all, how different is that from a senator or a congressman, who must maintain a resident near Washington D.C., and another in his home state?

It seems to me someone is putting up a lot of barriers, so Rahm doesn't get to run. But the resident requirements, in Rahm's case, don't make any sense. They better think of something else.

Posted by: fridaolay | January 25, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Well Richard in what city was the bed that Rahm Emanuel slept in for the last year? The answer is Washington DC. You can't legally live in two places and unfortunately for Rahm his high profile job at the White House makes it easy to track his whereabouts. So let's cut the farce. I have no doubt the corrupt courts in IL will allow Rahm to be on the ballot. It sets a very poor example and continues the discontent with the corruption of our elected officials. If Rahm wanted to run for Chicago mayor he should have moved back sooner to legally meet residency requirements. Let's hope the IL Supreme Court is as ethical as the Appeal Court was.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 25, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the ballot with Emanuel's name on it. How can they do it this way?

The instructions state "Vote for one" (in english and spanish). And then the first name on the list is Rahm Emanuel with a number one (1) next to it. I am serious ... it looks like this:

VOTE FOR ONE

(1) Rahm Emanuel
(2) Other candidate

Why is his name first?
Why does it have a number one by it?
Why are the instructions so poor?

Posted by: Rex_Remes | January 25, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel never voted in Washington,
didn't change his driver's license,
didn't buy property and
didn't do his personal banking in Washington.

Posted by: cococo | January 26, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Rules are rules! He chose to be in Washington D.C. for the past 2 years, and he wasn't physically living in Chicago, so the rules are that he has to reside in Chicago for at least 1 year before running for Mayor. Yadda, yadda, yadda! Let him do a Write-in Campaign, then you'll really see a lot of bedlam in Chicago! Where's the Mafia when you need them Rahm?

Posted by: caroln314 | January 26, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd say about 80% of judges are Left Wing Nuts, so the one about the right wing judges is a little bit lame to say the least. Right Wing money funneling? Right Wingers don't have as much money as Left Wingers, because George Soros doesn't support right wing politics. He supports left wing politics.

Posted by: caroln314 | January 26, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Ok everyone. Let me see if I can make a few things clear.

1) You cannot draw comparisons between the Rahm situation and a soldier going to Iraq. Rahm CHOSE to leave Chicago and live/work/reside in Washington DC; whereas the soldier did not. Also, I believe the residency laws specifically deal with electors (elected officials) and military personnel. Rahm is not an elected official (although living in DC might feel like a combat zone, hehe).

2) Laws deal with facts and TRY their best to be clear (black and white). You either were speeding or you were not. You either stole the car or you did not. If I take someone's car BUT INTEND to give it back, am I not still guilty of stealing (in the eyes of the law)?

3) Let's say that Washington DC has the exact same residency requirements as Chicago for someone wanting to run for mayor. Would Rahm be eligible to run for mayor in DC? Could he change his "intent" at a moment's notice and hence change where he resides and wants to be mayor? Would/could he claim residency, and run for mayor, in both places?

4) When Rahm left the White House he mentioned to Obama how "he looked forward to returning to our hometown". So what? My birth city is in Germany - can I run for mayor there? My American hometown is in Virginia, and I still own property there, but I live in Illinois - can I run for mayor back in Virginia?

And ...

5) Can we have a look at Rahm's tax returns (state and federal)? I'd like to see what address he put. I'd like to see what kind of deductions he took. I'd like to see how he referred to his property in Illinois. Did he file a tax return in Washington DC? If he didn't, should he have?

Posted by: Rex_Remes | January 27, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be two sets of rules...one for politicians and a second for everyone else. Rahm Emanuel is a quitter. He up and left his job in DC to run for Mayor in Chicago. How long will he be mayor before something better comes along. This man is NOT a resident of Chicago. I agree with another comment, if you are a student you must live in the state for one year, earn an income within that year, not leave the state for more than three months over that year, or any following year, have a drivers license in that state, receive your mail there, register your vehicle in that state and on and on. If you don't meet this criteria, you ARE NOT a resident. It's very clear Chicago needs someone who is looking out for the best of the city, not for HIMSELF. This opens up another set of problems as teachers, police, fireman, and others can live outside the city but sill work inside the city. It also opens it up for people from other states to file a petition to run for office in Illinois. Do we really want to open that can of worms? Emanuel has such an arrogant attitude. He knows he can get this residency no matter what he needs to do to get it. I want to PULL my businesses from the state. I'm embarrased to be from Illinois.

Posted by: anitalj | January 27, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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