Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials are preparing for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to announce on Friday – as Congress adjourns for recess — that he is leaving his post at the White House to explore a run for mayor of Chicago. White House officials expect that President Obama will also name an interim chief of staff, perhaps senior adviser Pete Rouse, at the announcement. Sources close to Emanuel cautioned that he has yet to pull that last trigger on the decision.
Emanuel’s likely departure is not a surprise, his mayoral aspirations well known. Longtime Chicago mayor Richard M. Daly’s announcement earlier this month that he would not seek reelection created the opportunity that Emanuel has long been looking for, the former Chicagoan never coy about his desire to head the proverbial City with Shoulders.
"One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago…. That's always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives,” Emanuel said in April to Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose.
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– Jake Tapper