Now that Obama is The President-elect he’s putting together his staff. NPR’s Day to Day is reporting that Rahm Emanuel is being considered for Chief of Staff.
Rahm Emanuel (born November 29, 1959) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Illinois’s 5th congressional district, which covers much of the north side of Chicago and parts of suburban Cook County.
Emanuel was chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 elections. After the Democratic Party regained control of the House, he was elected as the next chairman of the Democratic Caucus. He is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Steny Hoyer and Whip Jim Clyburn.
Emanuel is noted for his strong style and his fundraising prowess. He is the co-author, with current Democratic Leadership Council President Bruce Reed, of the 2006 book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America. He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. On November 5, 2008, he was reportedly offered the position of Chief of Staff in the Obama administration.
This is an interesting choice as Emanuel was never a big Obama supporter, and apparently sat on the sidelines out of defference to the Clintons. I believe he served in the Bill Clinton Admin.
Also, Emanuel’s strategy for campaigning ran counter to Obama’s 50-state strategy, which was Howard Dean’s idea. Emanuel’s strategy was more old-school, focusing only on the races “that Dems could win.” Yes, well….
In the end, really both strategys were put into play, which was possible because of all the money that Obama was able to raise by — wait for it! — opting out of public funding!