Court puts Emanuel back in Chicago mayor’s race
CHICAGO – Minutes after finding out that Illinois’ highest court had put him back in the race for Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel was at a downtown transit station, shaking hands and talking about a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama.
The scene after the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Emanuel’s favor served as a reminder that he was still the front-runner. He had barely broken stride during the three days his campaign was in doubt after a lower court threw the former White House chief of staff off the ballot because he had not lived in Chicago for a full year before the Feb. 22 election. Emanuel is still far ahead in the polls, millions of dollars ahead in fundraising, and again reminding voters of his friends in the highest of places — even as he tries to win votes in train stations and bowling alleys.
“The good news is now that we have the Supreme Court decision, it’s behind us,” he said a short time later during a debate with other candidates. “Hopefully this will be the last question about it for all of us, including myself.”