Former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel denied Cabinet position under Biden: Reports

Democrat Joe Biden has been busy naming his picks to fill key positions within his prospective administration since the media first declared him the winner of the presidential election early last month.

Not all of the party’s prominent figures are earning a position in the ranks, however. According to Politico, one such Democrat to be snubbed by Biden in humiliating fashion is Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago.

“From Obamaworld and Capitol Hill”

In recent weeks, the former vice president has been packing his Cabinet with holdovers from former President Barack Obama’s administration. As Obama’s first chief of staff, Emanuel would fit that bill — but reports indicated he was rejected as a candidate for the position of Transportation secretary under Biden.

Politico’s Alex Thompson and Theodoric Meyer laid out the manner by which Emanuel “leveraged his platinum Rolodexes from Obamaworld and Capitol Hill” to campaign for the Cabinet position.

Not only did he emphasize his perceived value as a former lawmaker, but he also reportedly received an endorsement from Obama’s former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the form of a call to Biden chief of staff Ron Klain.

Biden, however, was reportedly not convinced and even called Emanuel himself to relay the message that he would not be receiving the coveted post.

“That sort of headache”

A “senior Democrat” cited by Politico explained the rationale behind Biden’s decision.

“Rahm has former colleagues and friends who are involved and respect him, but no one is worth that sort of headache,” the unnamed source proclaimed. “Labor didn’t want him at Transportation, civil rights groups didn’t want him, progressives didn’t want him. There simply is no constituency for Rahm Emanuel at this point.”

According to sources, Emanuel could still end up with a position in a Biden administration, but not a Cabinet post.

“Leader, patriot, and problem-solver”

Earlier in the week, Biden announced that he had tapped Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who vied against him during the crowded Democratic primary race, for the role of Transportation secretary,

Biden touted his choice in a tweet on Tuesday, describing Buttigieg as “a leader, patriot, and problem-solver” who is “equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.”

While arguably more popular than Emanuel, the confirmation process for Buttigieg is likely to attract opposition from both Republicans and some progressive Democrats. Let the games begin.

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