Emanuel Sets Date for Leaving House
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) will officially step down from his Congressional seat on Friday.
Emanuel a force in the Democratic Party who ascended to House leadership in just two terms and was last month named President-elect Barack Obamas chief of staff notified Chicago constituents of his resignation in a robocall on Monday.
Emanuels office today also released his resignation letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), which was dated Jan. 2.
It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of the Fifth District over the past six years, Emanuel wrote to Blagojevich, who also once represented the 5th district in Congress. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the hopes and dreams of a quintessentially American district.
The governor has five days to schedule a special election for the safely Democratic 5th district seat after receiving Emanuel’s resignation. The election must take place within 115 days of the announcement.
But with Blagojevich embroiled in a legal battle over allegations that he tried to sell Obamas Senate seat, and with as many as a dozen candidates running to replace Emanuel, the special election will heap more attention on the Illinois political scene.