Several publications are now saying White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will depart the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Here’s a link to the story by the Associated Press, which apparently broke the news. The move was widely expected and predicted early on by White House Dossier, which said Sept. 7 that he would leave within a few weeks.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not confirm the news, but he said President Obama will have a personnel announcement Friday at 11:05 in the East Room. Obama is expected to, at least temporarily, elevate Senior Adviser Pete Rouse to the top spot.
Rouse was the long time chief of staff to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).