rsz_ap090910026575When Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff back in September to run for mayor of his hometown, Chicago, the last thing he was probably thinking of was dealing with an irascible tenant. The blustery former congressman had rented his Chicago home to Robert Halpin, a self-described industrial real-estate developer, while he performed his White House duties.
There was just one problem: Halpin wouldn't agree to move out--not even to allow Emanuel and his family to move into the basement unit to re-establish their local bona fides in the city that Rahm hopes to run.
"I have no plans to move," Halpin told the Chicago Sun-Times.
As Halpin explained back in September, he'd just renewed his lease with Emanuel earlier in the month--days before the city's current mayor, Richard M. Daley, announced his decision to resign. Had Emanuel been aware that the post he calls his "dream job" was about to come open, he wouldn't have extended Halpin's lease. Emanuel offered Halpin a generous sum to opt out of the extended lease -- what Halpin would pay Emanuel in rent over six months -- but Halpin didn't budge. He runs his business out of the home, he explains; and besides, he has two children happily enrolled in a nearby school.
Here's where it gets really interesting: Halpin is considering running for mayor against Emanuel, his landlord.
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