Reporting from Washington — Rahm Emanuel hasn't decided whether to leave his job at the White House and run for mayor of Chicago, but he's fending off the suggestion that he expects to just waltz into City Hall.
"Rahm doesn't believe that anyone can be anointed or handed this election," says a spokeswoman for Emanuel, the former Chicago-area congressman who now serves as President Obama's chief of staff. "Only the people of Chicago will choose who should be their mayor."
In the jockeying for position since Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he won't seek reelection, a couple of prominent Chicagoans raised questions about the status of "front-runners," a label that arguably applies to Emanuel.
Any "imaginary front-runner" will have to come to his neighborhood and address its needs, said Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), urging the media to "end its coordinated commentary on who will be the next mayor."