Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election.
The former congressman and Obama White House chief of staff, Emanuel has served as mayor in the city for two terms. Emanuel reportedly shocked his staff with the decision.
“Today, the time has come to make another tough choice. As much as I love this job, and will always love this city and its residents, I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” he said at a press conference Tuesday. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.”
“As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I have decided not to seek reelection.” @ChicagosMayor Rahm Emanuel announces he is not running for a third term. pic.twitter.com/6MwccrteZe
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) September 4, 2018
Emanuel would have faced a long list of challengers in next year’s mayoral election. Chicago voters have soured on the hyper-liberal mayor after years of rampant gun violence and police misconduct in the Chicago area. Demands for Emanuel to resign reached a fever pitch after police brutality accusations under his administration.
President Barack Obama released a statement on Emanuel Tuesday, saying, “I’ve been blessed to call Rahm my friend. Whatever he chooses to do next, I know he’ll continue to make a positive difference, just as he has throughout his career in public service. And Michelle and I wish Rahm and Amy all the best as they consider this next phase in their lives.”