Posts Tagged ‘White House chief of staff’

Former Obama Chief-of-Staff Ineligible for Mayoral Race

Monday, January 24th, 2011 by Vbhotla

Rahm Emanuel has been declared ineligible for the Chicago mayoral race by an Illinois appeals court.  Emanuel has been a front-runner in fundraising and popular polls, and did not expect this reversal of an earlier court’s decision deeming him eligible.

The rationale for this reason, that he does not meet the residency requirements, due to his White House position, had previously been ruled invalid by the Chicago Board of Elections and a lower court, which maintained that Emanuel, who has maintained a Chicago residence, did not intend to relinquish his residency in the city.

A 2-1 vote by the Illinois Appellate Court overruled this contention.  The debate is sure to ensue in the Illinois Supreme Court, as the elections deadline approaches.

Business lobby thrilled with new appointee

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 by Vbhotla

William Daley’s White House arrival excites many on K Street.  Daley, who has replaced Rahm Emmanuel as White House chief of staff, is expected to be a great advocate for business in his new position.  The former Clinton Administration Chamber of Commerce secretary and LDA-registrant is being viewed as a “kindred spirit” by business executives, according to Roll Call.

Though largely liberal, many are optimistic that Daley will plead the case for businesses on the issues of trade, tax and regulation, and may “seek common ground with business and the White House.”  Daley’s former posts on the board of Fannie Mae and as vice president of banking giant JP Morgan put him in a key position to address the mortgage and banking crises, two of the nation’s most pressing economic issues after employment.

During the 2008 election, Daley, then an Obama economic advisor, took heat from presidential candidate Sen. John McCain for being a lobbyist, a claim which Daley denied.  A search of the lobbying database reveals that a William Daley has indeed lobbied on behalf of Community Organizations in Action and the Washington Community Organization Network, although Daley’s lobbyist son also bears his name.