Rahm Emanuel Not Eligible To Run For Mayor Of Chicago ?
Some legal experts in Chicago are saying that Rahm Emanuel may not be eligible to run for Mayor because he doesn’t qualify as a legal resident:
Two of Chicago’s top election lawyers say the state’s municipal code is crystal clear that a candidate for mayor must reside in the town for a year before the election.
That doesn’t mean they must simply own a home in the city that they rent out to someone else. They must have a place they can walk into, keep a toothbrush, hang up their jacket and occasionally sleep, the lawyers say.
Another three election lawyers say Emanuel could be thrown off the ballot on a residency challenge. None says Emanuel will have it easy.
“The guy does not meet the statutory requirements to run for mayor,” said attorney Burt Odelson. “He hasn’t been back there in 18 months. Residency cases are usually very hard to prove because the candidate gets an apartment or says he’s living in his mother’s basement. Here the facts are easy to prove. He doesn’t dispute he’s been in Washington for the past 18 months. This is not a hard case.”
Emanuel could argue that he has maintained ownership of the home, voted absentee earlier this year, pays property taxes on his house, lists the address on his driver’s license, registers his car there, and always intended to return. Cook County judges give great deference to a candidate’s intent.
Even if Emanuel ultimately wins the challenge, it could prove to be a distraction in a campaign that most people agree will be far from a cake walk for him, and he probably didn’t help his case by filming his “Glad to be home” video in an office in Washington, D.C.