Rahm's Renter Weighs a Run Against Him

GOP tries to recruit Emanuel's stubborn tenant Rob Halpin
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 11:47 AM CST
Rahm's Renter Weighs a Run Against Him
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, center, talks as he has breakfast in this file photo.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Remember Rob Halpin, the guy who won’t let Rahm Emanuel move back into his Chicago home? Well, he’s considering running for mayor against his landlord, John Kass of the Chicago Tribune reports. “This was not my idea,” Halpin tells Kass. “I was approached by some businessmen who asked if I would be interested in running for mayor. And they explained to me why they thought I’d be a good candidate.”

That much is pretty obvious to Kass: A run from Halpin would highlight the argument that Emanuel isn’t a Chicago resident—heck, even discussing it does the same job. Those “businessmen” incidentally were active 19th-Ward Republicans. “In a city famous for political shenanigans, this one is downright shenaniganlicious,” Kass opines. But Rahm’s camp isn’t taking the threat seriously. “We expect that Jake and Elwood Blues will appear on the next round of petitions,” a spokesman quipped. (Read more Rahm Emanuel stories.)

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