WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on Monday ruled out resigning from his White House job to run for mayor of Chicago.
Rumors have been floating in Washington the past couple of weeks that Emanuel has been considering leaving his high-profile White House post to return home and seek the mayor's seat in his home town.
"I'm pleased to stay here as long as the president wants me to stay here, and I plan on staying as long as he will have me here," Emanuel said in an interview on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" show.
Emanuel, who served as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s and later was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, said he also has no plans to run for his old House seat in 2010.
Emanuel, a Democrat, praised current Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and said he hopes Daley runs for re-election in 2011.
Obama's Cabinet and inner circle have remained intact as he approaches the one-year anniversary of taking office last January 20.
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