Emanuel website: Announcement coming

December 15, 2010 12:31:02 PM PST
ChicagoforRahm.com promises "a special video announcement" from Emanuel on Sunday.

Emanuel left his job as chief of staff for President Barack Obama on Friday.

He's largely expected to be moving back to Chicago to announce a run for mayor.

The new website highlights Emanuel's ties to Chicago, noting his three terms representing a North Side district in Congress before his move to the White House.

His online biography says he is "deeply rooted in the life of the city."

Emanuel had been careful not to launch his mayoral bid from Washington. He didn't want to offend Chicago voters, who are expected to make him work to prove he truly deserves the job.

Chicago's Mayor Daley spoke about Emanuel's possible run while breaking ground for a new high school in the South Side Ashburn Community Saturday.

When asked if he had any advice for Emanuel, Daley said, "I don't give people advice. No one gave me advice when I ran in 79, 89; no one ever came up to me and gave me advice. The only thing is you listen to people and you'll find out what people want. And people want good schools."

Emanuel announced Friday that he was stepping down from his job as the White House chief of staff.

Mayor Daley said an endorsement from the president would not necessarily swing the race in Emanuel's favor.

"The people will judge. The voters are much smarter than the press gives them, I just want to make sure you understand that. The people understand issues and understand the candidates," Daley said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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