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Rahm Emanuel: He can run for mayor, but he can't go home again

Rahm Emanuel, 2010. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Everything ready for Rahm Emanuel to run for mayor of Chicago? Not quite. He hasn't made a final final decision yet, his pals insist. Oh, and he can't move back into his own house until next year.

The tenant renting the White House chief of staff's North Side home refuses to leave until next summer -- despite polite pleas from Rahmbo, we're told. Real estate developer Robert Halpin moved in a year ago and extended his lease on Sept. 1 -- just six days before Richard Daley's surprise announcement that he was not seeking another term, the Chicago Sun-Times first reported.

Whoops. Well, that should put to rest rumors that Emanuel has been secretly planning to leave Washington for months. He offered his tenant cash to leave early, but no dice. Halpin could not be reached for comment but told the Sun-Times he was not allowed to speak to the press and had "no plans to move."

In January 2009, Emanuel left his family in Chicago to work 18-hour days in the White House, commuting back home on weekends whenever he could. His wife, Amy Rule, and three young children (son Zach, daughters Ilana and Leah) reluctantly moved to the District later that year; the two older kids enrolled in the elite Maret School, with the youngest in a private Jewish school. There were occasional sightings (ice cream runs, concerts), but mostly the family avoided the spotlight.

Now they're facing a reverse move. Assuming he runs, Emanuel will probably head back to Chicago solo for nonstop campaigning: Signatures to get on the ballot are due Nov. 22, followed by the general election Feb. 22 and a possible runoff April 6. His family is expected to stay in Washington for the time being -- the kids just started the new school year, and more important, they can't move back into their own house.

Our crystal ball: Emanuel runs for mayor, and the family joins him permanently next summer after the end of the school year. Until then, those close to him say he's been offered plenty of places to crash in Chicago. Fold-out couch, anyone?

By The Reliable Source  | September 29, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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He could always go to Israel and visit his primary interests. Whatever, as long as he clears out of Washington it is fine by me.
If Obama was smart he would set Friday as a deadline and then go on tour with Howard Dean.

Interesting that Rahm's kids go to Maret. Couldn't they get into one of the better academic schools? They wouldn't miss anything by heading back to Chicago as well.

It is really a tragedy that Rahm Emanuel was ever given this job in the first place.
It all went south after that.

Posted by: SoCali | September 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I thought rahm is a citizen of apartheid israel

Posted by: MumboJumboo | September 29, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I think even Chicagoans feel that this thug is too crooked and foul mouthed to be elected mayor of the beautiful and dazzling windy city. At least the lease situation gives neighbors time to find other housing before their house prices dip even further.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | September 29, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel is awesome. I wish he would run for office here in Maryland. I'd vote for him over just about anyone for any office.
One day he'll make a great president.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

An Israeli citizen and former ballerina as mayor of Chicago. Those people need new brains. We have a Kenyan citizen as president and an Israeli citizen as a possible Chicago mayor while all our manufacturing has moved to China. Sounds like a hostile takeover of our nation. Wake up people before you are shipped out also.

Posted by: mascmen7 | September 29, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Rahm will send a nicely-packaged dead fish to Halpin, just like he did to the reporter who crossed ways with him.

Posted by: rpcv84 | September 29, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't he just disappear from public view permanently -- he is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

Posted by: BadNews | September 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I thought rahm is a citizen of apartheid israel
Only someone who is misinformed would claim that Israel has a color or racial problem. Israel's Black Ethiopian Jews now numbers 105,000. Another 10,000 more are soon to arrive. Unlike apartheid South Africa which wanted to expell its Indians, Israel has welcomed 60,000 Indian Jews. And more continue to arrive.

All in Israel including Circassian, Druze, Kurds, Armenians, Arabs, Beduin, and non-Jewish ARE citizens of the Jewish State - have equal rights. Gays and women can fight openly in Israel..try that in Iran or the USA

Posted by: lindy226 | September 29, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he has grown up a bit at the White House. Certainly before that, he behaved like the spoiled child of gangster parents.

Posted by: pgr88 | September 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought the standard Republican talking point was the Obama was the most anti-Israel president in history. Try to keep your story straight!
He could always go to Israel and visit his primary interests.

Posted by: buffysummers | September 29, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"try that in Iran or the USA"

no thanks

but since you hate America like it was Iran, why not be honest about it?

Posted by: blasmaic | September 29, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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