Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on January 24th 2011

Rahm Emanuel Tossed off Ballot for Chicago Mayor?

That’s the news being reported.

While politicians often egregiously carpet-bag, the fact that Rahm was a Congressman from Chicago, and left in the last year only to follow a fellow-Chicagoan to the White House where he was tasked with, you know, running the government, makes the case against him – that he and his family haven’t actually lived in their Chicago apartment in this last year -strike me as awful specious.


  1. A good in depth look at what was at issue here. Namely, a statute that was understandably written without taking into account the possibility of this incredibly unlikely but clearly valid exception. By any account Rahm meets the spirit of the law, but the justices had to apply the letter.

    Comment by Brad — 1/24/2011 @ 5:47 pm

  2. I think the legal reasoning is, as NPRs commenter put it today, defensible but a bit shaky or stretched. I think this stands a reasonable chance of being overturned. The dissenting judge’s comments seem pretty cogent. Real question is timing, how soon can the IL Supreme Court take the case given that ballots go to press tonight.

    Comment by Jack — 1/24/2011 @ 8:12 pm

  3. I would be ASTONISHED if the courts ultimately decided that the law applied to Rahm Emannuel’s candidacy. That is not the way things work in Chicago.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/24/2011 @ 9:26 pm

  4. You would be correct: the Illinois Supreme Court has given a stay to the appellate decision, ordering that ballots continue to be printed with him on them. They have not yet formally accepted to even hear the appeal.

    While, as I said above, this is a case of Rahm clearly meeting the spirit of the regulation, I do get a little cheesed off at how quickly the government machinations work in favor of a two-party candidate with big backing, whereas a common tactic is for those same parties to throw a third party candidate into the exact same situation knowing that even if they win an appeal they still won’t be on the ballot.

    Comment by Brad — 1/25/2011 @ 2:36 pm

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