Exclusive: Rhymefest & Rahm Emanuel Prepare Chi-Town Takeover

Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel preparing to announce his pursuit of Chicago mayoral office tomorrow, SOHH has learned Chicago rapper Rhymefest is also set to make a political run in the Illinois city.

Rhymefest gave SOHH the inside scoop this week.

Chicago rapper and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Rhymefest will put down the microphone and try his hand at politics this year in his hometown. Fest informed SOHH that a formal announcement would be made around October 15th, revealing what political office seat he is pursuing in the Windy City. The announcement will be given out to various media outlets, however, he also said a SOHH Exclusive statement could be made days prior to the news. (SOHH)

White House official Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce his resignation and interest in running for Chicago mayor tomorrow.

President Obama will announce on Friday that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is resigning in order to run for mayor of Chicago. White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said today that there will be a "personnel" announcement in the East Room of the White House Friday morning. He would not confirm that the "personnel" announcement referred to Emanuel, but CBS News has confirmed Emanuel's departure. (CBS News)

Additional reports suggest Emanuel's campaign will begin immediately following the broadcast.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is resigning to run for mayor of Chicago, people familiar with his plans said today. President Barack Obama will announce Emanuel's departure at an event in the East Room on Friday, according to a person close to Emanuel. Emanuel is expected to leave the White House immediately and open his campaign to succeed longtime Mayor Richard Daley. One of Obama's senior aides, Pete Rouse, likely will replace Emanuel as chief of staff, at least on a temporary basis. (Chicago Tribune)

After announcing a run for Haiti presidency last summer, Wyclef Jean recently withdrew from the race.

"After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti," Jean said in a statement. "This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery." (Statement)

No further details have been released as of now.

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