The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Rahm Emanuel — President Obama‘s former chief of staff — as Chicago mayor, calling him an “adaptive politician” and a “high-minded man.”
In an editorial posted Sunday night on the newspaper’s Web site, the Sun-Times said Emanuel “has the vision, the policies, the management experience, the political sophistication and the sheer force of personality to be a powerfully effective mayor.”
“With great enthusiasm for the future of Chicago, we endorse Rahm Emanuel for mayor.”
Other candidates in the race include former Chicago schools president Gery Chico and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
The endorsement by the Sun-Times — Illinois’ second largest newspaper, with the bulk of its distribution within the Chicago city limits —is considered a significant pickup for Emanuel.
Emanuel’s candidacy temporarily was in jeopardy last week after an Illinois appeals ruled he didn’t meet the residency requirements to run for mayor. But the Illinois Supreme Court days later reversed the ruling.