It's safe to say that Rahm Emanuel won't spend much time out on the
campaign trail today. The Chicago mayoral candidate, who is leading by a
wide margin in several early polls, has already taken the stand, so to
speak, at a hearing to decide whether or not he is eligible to appear on
the February ballot. In the December news cycle lull, Emanuel's
residency problem has taken center stage.
worth pointing out that the saga isn't going to end today. For
starters, Emanuel will face several rounds of questioning that could
last multiple days. And whatever decision hearing officer Joe Morris
makes will certainly be appealed. From the Sun-Times' excellent primer on the proceedings:
officer Joe Morris will make a recommendation to the three-member
Chicago Board of Elections. Whoever they rule against will likely
appeal to the Cook County Circuit Court, the state appellate court, and
finally the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Emanuel, for what it's
worth, is fairly confident that he can prove his intent to return to
Chicago following his service to President Barack Obama. We will likely have
more coverage on this issue later today, so stay tuned.
UPDATE (10:15 a.m.): If you care to watch Emanuel's testimony, NBC 5 is streaming it live here.