Well, logic has prevailed, at least for the moment, in the Chicago mayoral race… Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Obama, has been found ineligible to remain on the ballot for the special Feb. 22nd Mayoral election in Chicago because he did not satisfy the one-year residency requirement.
As stunning as it was when the Chicago Board of Elections found him eligible to run for mayor, what is even more stunning is that the Illinois State Appeals court had a split-decision. The basic argument for Mr. Emanuel remaining on the ballot were the facts that he owned a house in Chicago for the year prior, that he left some “treasured items” in the basement of his Chicago house (his wife’s wedding dress, a New York Times newspaper machine, etc.), that he voted in Chicago elections, and that he always intended to return to Chicago. Mr. Emanuel tried to argue that his “intention to return” coupled with property ownership constituted residency. Logic dictates otherwise.
Now that the Appeals court decision has been rendered, it is possible that his case will advance to the state Supreme court, and if it were any other jurisdiction I wouldn’t assume the state Supreme Court will take it up, but then again, this is Illinois, so all bets are off.
It honestly boggles the mind that Mr. Emanuel moved his family out of Chicago, rents out his Chicago house, enrolls his children in Washington, D.C. schools, rents a house in the Washington area where he resides with his wife and children, and he somehow believes that this somehow demonstrates his residency in Chicago.
I wonder what he’ll do with his $10 Million campaign fund if he can’t actually run…
msnbc.com: Court: Emanuel cannot run for mayor