Published April 20, 2010
President Obama’s pugnacious chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, hinted that he could become the first high-profile official to leave the Administration -- if an opportunity arises to run for mayor of Chicago, his hometown.
In an unusually candid admission — and a pitch for one of the most powerful municipal jobs in America — Emanuel told PBS' Charlie Rose that he hoped that the incumbent mayor, Richard Daley, would run again in November. But that if he does not, “one day I would like to run.”
To be mayor of the Democratic capital of the Midwest has “always been an aspiration of mine,” Emanuel said “Right now I'm a chief of staff. I’m in the Cabinet ... but one day I want to run again.”
Emanuel has dominated dealings with Congress and day-to-day business since relenting to Obama’s pleading in 2008 that he join the incoming White House team at Cabinet level.