15th residency challenge filed against Emanuel

November 26, 2010 3:46:19 PM PST
An election attorney is challenging Rahm Emanuel's race for mayor, charging President Barack Obama's former chief of staff hasn't lived in Chicago for the past year.

Attorney Burt Odelson filed his challenge Friday with the Chicago Board of Elections. He says the crucial fact is that Emanuel rented his Chicago home to a tenant so he wasn't a resident as required by law. Odelson claims it's irrelevant that the former Chicago congressman intended to return.

"The law says you have to have a physical presence, not just intent. Maintaining your residency means you have a place to go home to, a place you can sleep at, a place where your wife and your family are, a place where your clothes are, your residence," said Odelson.

Fourteen other petitions challenging Emanuel's residency were filed on Wednesday.

Emanuel says he was born in the city, owns a home here, and is a Chicagoan.


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