Monday, January 24, 2011
Mayor-apparent Rahm Emanuel? Not so fast.
Rahm Emanuel was kicked off the ballot for mayor of Chicago in a 2-1 appellate court decision, striking a stunning blow to the front runner in the race for mayor of Chicago.
An appellate panel ruled Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, did not meet the legal residency standard to run for mayor.
Appellate justices Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall ruled against Emanuel. Justice Bertina Lampkin voted in favor of keeping Emanuel on the ballot.
Emanuel, speaking to reporters at The Berghoff in the Loop, said he is confident he will win an appeal and return to the ballot.
“I have no doubt at the end we will prevail,” Emanuel said. “As my father has said, nothing is ever easy.”
The issue of Rahm Emanuel’s legal residency was raised on a number of occasions but the candidate seemed certain the law somehow didn’t apply to him. However, two appellate judges saw things differently.