Skip to comments.Emanuel appeals ruling booting him off ballot
Posted on 01/25/2011 9:06:46 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
CHICAGO Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois' highest court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that knocked him off the ballot for Chicago mayor, calling the decision "squarely inconsistent" with previous rulings about the state's election law.
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You don’t have to live there to live there. You just have to live there, or anywhere.
Why is this so difficult?
The fix is in.
I wonder what’s the aggregate hourly cost of his lawyers?
If you can't answer the question, “Who is Michael Madigan?”, you don't a have a clue about Illinois Democratic politics.
I read the Appellate Court opinion yesterday. The reasoning of the Court, and application of law to the facts, is not entirely clear-cut in my opinion. IF (and that’s a big IF) the Illinois Supreme Court wanted to reverse the Appellate Court and order Emanuel’s name reinstated on the ballot, I think there is a way the Court could construe the law to do so.
The real questions are:
1. Is there enough time? The election is only a few weeks away, and the ballots need to be printed and I presume early voting will start shortly.
2. Given the time crunch, would the Illinois Supreme Court even want to jump in and make a rush decision? Would they consider it a matter of such grave importance to the State that they would basically halt all other business of the Court just to reach a quick decision on this one matter?
Of course, if the Illinois Supreme Court were inclined to let the lower Court opinion stand, they will just pass on the appeal. Not deciding does decide the case, but other than that they are under no obligation to do anything.
You know, I don’t like the guy, but I do think the law involved here is unfair. It’s not right that a person should be punished for serving in a national capacity. We have laws to protect the votes of military personnel in this regard.
With that being said, the law WAS THE LAW when this took place, and the law was, and is, very clear.
In my opinion, the entire affair demonstrates very clearly that these people don’t think that laws apply to them.
If they're liberal Democratic hacks appointed by other liberal Democratic hacks, I think we already know the answer to this.
I correctly predicted Rahm’s triumph over that first commission that found him ineligible.
This is Chicago. We needn’t waste time on this.
Rahm will be elected mayor.
Decades of Chicago sleaze will prevail.
Many representatives and delegates keep homes in their districts while they’re serving in DC. I read a story yesterday about freshman Republican Representatives sleeping in their offices. They don’t have to buy property in DC.
Rahm picked up and left the city. He took his family and moved to DC, leaving behind his old place a rental. Unless they can construe it to say that landlording it considered residency, I don’t agree that he was a resident of the state of Illinois.
Taking on the role of a national figurehead does not mean you have to uproot your life. Service to the country should be just that. You serve the people who put you there and come home. Representatives should not become lifetime politicians, IMO. They should go to serve for their terms and come back home to work again.
Can he run as a write-in?
So does this law, but it's only for military personnel. Rahm would have been okay if he'd even kept a cheap apartment there and visited it once in a while. But he ceased to reside there as required, even with generously stretched definitions of reside, when he rented out his house, giving him no legal place of residence in Chicago.
Rahm stopped paying Illinois income tax by declaring he was no longer a resident of the state - much less the city. After he decided he wanted to be mayor, he amended his returns to say he WAS a resident, but still didn’t have a valid address to cover the required year.
Rahm screwed himself on this, although I believe the law will be shredded to favor the one’s minion.
Rahm Back on Ballot
Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:15:34 PM by RightGeek
So the Rahm fix is NOT in? The Supreme court just okayed the printing of 2 million ballots with Rahm on the ticket.
Yeah, the fix is in.
We're still waitng to see whose fix is in.