Rahm Emanuel’s Tenant to Quit Chicago Mayor’s Race

Dec 6, 2010 3:20pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: As Rahm Emanuel faces more than two dozen challenges to his candidacy for Chicago mayor, at least he has one less person to worry about.

Rob Halpin, the renter who currently resides in Emanuel’s Chicago home, today ended his short-lived run, citing financial and legal hurdles.

“As a life-long Chicagoan, I considered a mayoral run because I am passionate about the city, its residents and its future,” Halpin said in a statement. “However, the realities of entering the race at this relatively late stage, including the financial and legal hurdles I'd have to leap in order to win, have forced me to reassess my intention to run at this time.”

The Chicago mayoral field still remains crowded. Even with Halpin out, there are still 15 candidates currently jockeying for the position. Election officials today disqualified four other candidates because of flawed petitions.

Halpin renewed the lease on Emanuel’s Chicago home just days before Mayor Richard Daley announced he wouldn’t seek another term. Daley’s announcement led Emanuel, who had long expressed interest in the position, to quit his job as White House chief of staff and run for Chicago mayor.

Halpin refused to cut his lease short despite requests from Emanuel, and instead lodged his own campaign.

Emanuel now faces several challenges to his residency, which claim that because he wasn’t living in Chicago the last year and because he rented out his home, he is not eligible to run for mayor. Emanuel’s lawyer argue that his intent was always to return to the Windy City and that he still votes there and pays local taxes.

The hearing on Emanuel’s petition challenges began today.  

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