Many newspapers (and other news sources), including the Associated Press, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Denver Post reported last night that the Obama campaign has reached out to Illinois representative, and a veteran of Bill Clinton’s White House, Rahm Emanuel to feel out interest about becoming Obama’s Chief of Staff.
The Emanuel camp was quick to respond. Sarah Feinberg, a Congressional Aide to Rep. Emanuel sent out an email stating, “[he] has not been contacted to take a job in an administration that does not yet exist.”
That sure sounds like a non-denial denial, common in politics, to me. At this point, there is a good chance that Emanuel could be Obama’s Chief of Staff. Emanuel has White House experience, has presidential counsel experience, has Congressional experience, and has risen quickly in notoriety since he was elected to the House back in 2002. Emanuel, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 elections and was widely credited for the electoral success the Democrats enjoyed two years ago.
Thus far, it would seem the job is Emanuel’s if he so chooses. The only other name that has been floated is former Senator Tom Daschle.