Rahm Emanuel’s Tenant Files to Run for Mayor

By Samantha Abernethy | Tuesday, November 23, 2010

After much speculation, Rahm Emanuel’s tenant Rob Halpin has filed the paperwork to run for mayor.

Halpin lives in a house owned by Emanuel at 4228 N. Hermitage Ave., near Berteau. Emanuel rented out his home while he was living and working in Washington, D.C. Upon return, Emanuel offered to buy the Halpins out of their lease, but they refused to budge. Emanuel is living in a condo elsewhere, but many question Emanuel’s status as a Chicago resident.

Halpin first announced November 10 that he was considering making a run, telling Chicago Tribune’s John Kass, “This was not my idea,” Halpin said. “I’m outside the mainstream. I’m not a professional politician. … I was approached by some businessmen who asked if I would be interested in running for mayor. And they explained to me why they thought I’d be a good candidate and a good mayor.”

On November 15, though, it seemed his campaign had already ended. The Huffington Post reported: “His wife went out of town and he announced, because it’s better to ask forgiveness than ask permission,” joked Bob Howington, Halpin’s campaign manager and a veteran political hand. “But she came back and straightened him out.”

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