Chicago Mayor's Race Roundup: Jackson Jr. Has A Bad Week, Will Rahm Leave White House In October?

09/22/2010 05:59 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

While the amount of rumor and speculation surrounding the Chicago mayor's race has progressively increased, it seems that the number of confirmed mayoral candidates has pretty much stayed the same.

But that could change...soon.

Will Rahm Leave The White House In October?

This morning, TIME magazine reported that "White House aides are preparing for the possibility that Rahm Emanuel may step down as chief of staff as soon as early October if he decides to run for mayor of Chicago." Very premature polls showed that Emanuel had mixed support within the city, but so far there have been no big-name politicians to step up to the plate. While Rep. Luis Gutierrez appears to be preparing for an announcement--the name recognition among the confirmed candidates is certainly lacking. Many have been wondering why Emanuel hasn't made a public move yet. TIME reports that job stress could be to blame: "Emanuel has found himself hampered in his exploration of a mayoral run by his day job, which is among the most demanding positions in government, starting as early as 5 a.m. and continuing late into the evening."

Will You Be My Social Acquaintance?

Did Jesse Jackson Jr. have an affair a few years ago? It sure sounds that way. But the continual use of the term "social acquaintance" by the media (and the Jackson family) is a bit perplexing. Basically, a Democratic fund-raiser went blabbing that Jackson Jr. asked him to "approach former Gov. Rod Blagojevich with a $6 million Senate seat offer," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jackson Jr. has denied this allegation in the past--and says that if the feds had any evidence of this, they would have charged him with something. But Jackson didn't deny asking that fund-raiser to pay to "fly a social acquaintance from Washington to Chicago."

"The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago," Jackson said in his statement. "I ask that you respect our privacy. I know I have disappointed some supporters, and for that I am deeply sorry."

While his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, may have forgiven him for hanging out with this "social acquaintance," the U.S. House of Representatives might not: the flight raises ethical questions under the House's gift policy. So, yeah, no word yet on whether he is still in for this mayor's race. Or any other race for that matter...

Carol Moseley Braun's Financial Woes

Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun was expected to make an official announcement Monday about whether she would be running for mayor. Instead, she only announced that she was officially thinking about running--which we knew already. But Braun's financial past could come back to haunt her. On Tuesday, the Chicago News Cooperative reported that the Carol Moseley Braun for President Committee owes more than $262,000 from her failed 2004 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The CNC reports that Braun dismissed the FEC issue when asked about it, "referring to it as a bureaucratic snafu."

"This has to do with Federal Election Commission rules that nobody has been able to make sense of," Braun told the CNC. "It makes no sense at all."

Mayor Daley, Cover Model

As we have mentioned before, the Chicago Reader has been particularly critical of Mayor Daley over the years. In-depth stories about Da' Mare and his policies have made the Reader's front page more than a dozen times since 1989. If you have some time on your hands and want to learn a whole lot about Daley's legacy, check out their roundup of stories here. Some of my personal favorites? Under The Gun, FAIL, Part One: Chicago's Parking Meter Lease Deal (Part Two is great as well) and He's Going To Win.

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