Thursday, December 23, 2010
DEADFISH GETS GO-AHEAD TO RUN FOR CHICAGO MAYOR...SO WHAT'S NEW?...OBAMA CROWD DOESN'T NEED ANY "EFFIN" RULES...
Rahm Emanuel is a Chicago resident and therefore can run for mayor, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners ruled Thursday.
The unanimous ruling in favor of the former White House chief of staff comes after board hearing officer Joe Morris ruled early Thursday morning that Emanuel’s name should remain on the ballot even though he moved to Washington D.C. in 2009 to work for President Obama. After a hearing later in the morning, the board affirmed Morris’ decision that Emanuel didn’t lose his residency status and therefore can continue his campaign.
Board Commissioner Richard Cowen said the ruling was based on the fact that Emanuel never abandoned his residence in Ravenswood, which he set up long before he and his family moved and rented out his home. Cowen said that although state law requires candidates to live in the state for a year prior to the Feb. 22 election, he said case law states that candidates only need to be physically present in the city to establish residency in the first place — not to continue it. Emanuel clearly intended to return to Chicago all along, Cowen said.
But Burt Odelson, the main attorney for those objecting to Emanuel’s residency, said he would immediately file a court challenge. He said state law requires a “physical presence’’ in the city for the year before the election; the only exception to the law is for those who leave for military service.
Odelson implied that Thursday’s ruling had political undertones: he said in previous cases he’s argued before the board under similar circumstances, candidates have been thrown off the ballot.
“The difference is the candidate,’’ Odelson said.
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