Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's running for re-election, although he's only half way through his first term.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times
, Emanuel said a family health crisis would be the only thing that would stop him from serving out a second four-year term if re-elected.
"I’m running for re-election and I’m gonna serve out the term," he told the newspaper, adding: "I am not running for higher office — ever. Done . . . I want Hillary [Clinton] or Joe [Biden] to run, and I will support either one."
When asked what would happen if Clinton tapped him to be her running mate, Emanuel responded, "Please. I’m gonna be mayor. This is a hypothetical. I’m not doing hypotheticals."
Pressed on the matter, he continued, "This is a moot and mute point. I’m home. I’m done traveling. I don’t want to go back there . . . and plus, the chief-of-staff has a bigger office than the vice-president."
Emanuel, who was first elected mayor in 2011, served as President Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff from 2009 through 2010. He was also a top political adviser to former President Bill Clinton.
Emanuel's re-election as mayor in 2015, however, is by no means a certainty. A recent Chicago Tribune/WGN TV poll found that while a majority of city voters still view him as trustworthy, his support is slipping, especially among African-Americans.
The survey of 800 Chicago voters taken April 30-May 6 found that 50 percent approve of the job he's doing, roughly the same as a year ago. But those who disapprove stands at 40 percent, up from 29 percent the year before.
In addition, more black voters now disapprove than approve of his handling of the mayor's office. That's a turnaround from a year ago. And although Emanuel's approval rating among white voters is similar to last May, the number of those who disapprove also is growing.
Emanuel billed himself as an agent for change when he took over City Hall after 22 years of Richard M. Daley. But poll also found that more than half of voters believe the city is being run pretty much the same as it was under his predecessor.
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