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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel launched his campaign for mayor of Chicago with a YouTube video in which he says, "I was born here and my wife Amy and I raised our three children here. I'm glad to be home."

Clearly, the implication was that Emanuel was, if not in his home, then at least in Chicago.

But Emanuel spokeswoman Lori Goldberg confirmed to Politico's Ben Smith that the video "was actually filmed in Washington, D.C., in the offices of AKPD media, the firm founded by David Axelrod."

For a candidate who already had to worry about his Chicago credentials, misleading voters about where his campaign announcement was filmed is not exactly the kind of start he might have hoped for.

You can watch Emanuel's "Glad to be Home" video here:


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gjwil62

Where is the surprise? A politician misleading people to get a job that they can use as their own personal scam. Yes we must really be the envy of the world.

October 04 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Yosh

He may not qualify to run mayors race in Chicago, according to the rumer. "Candidate, dead fish" must be reside in Chicago certain a length of times(month, year),in order to run the office, but he was not. So, maybe he is out of JOB????

October 04 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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pulsefire

I hope not. If he's in Chicago, he won't be in Washington.

October 04 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
breadofhvn

Folks, I can't see any evidence that the location where a candidate films his first message to his prospective constituents needs to be debated and his motives need to be questioned. The media have indicated that Rahm's residency might become an issue. He's not stupid. I suspect that his handlers had already gotten a legal opinion on the residency issue before he threw his hat...Lighten up and let the man take a shot at his dream. Personally, I'm glad he's out of the White House. Maybe now, I can have a shot at my dream--a successful Obama Presidency.

October 04 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
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pandlrichards

Lots luck on successful O'Bama Pres.?

October 04 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
T.

What difference does it make where it was taped? Just because he wasnt physically standing in his state doesnt mean that he's trying to dupe the public. OMG, people, get a grip here. If its being aired in Chicago and its truly his home town what is the problem? It doesnt make him any less sincere. This whole issue is pathetic! Is this what some of you think takes precedence over how he is going to tackle the issues that Chicago currently faces? He was excellent at his job in the White House,this is in NO way an indication as to what kind of a politician/person he is. He didnt do anything wrong, all he is guilty of is doing his job and promoting his campaign for Mayor at the same time. I'd say thats dedication, not fabrication. I dont live in Chicago but I hope the voters there know that they would be getting someone who would, without doubt, be able to make some positive changes for them. Sad that he left the White House he was very good at his job there.

October 04 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse -16 rate up rate down Reply
peteslycat1

Much ado about nothing. It doesn't matter where he filmed it. It only matters where he shows it. If it is aired in Chicago then he is indeed "here" to the viewer.

October 04 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
aesidfj

What difference does it make where the video was filmed? He got his message through to us, and it was a good message.

October 04 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse -22 rate up rate down Reply
momof6ms

give up chief of staff to run for mayor? seems something is wrong somewhere

October 04 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
am0714

Matt Lewis wrote this article. Mr Lewis Rahm Emanuel is running for office in Chicago. Where do you think he will be showing the video? Who do you think he is talking too? I'm guessing that he is speaking to the people of Chicago, so what difference does it make where he filmed it ?.....Where were you when you wrote your article, FOX News? ?

October 04 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -40 rate up rate down Reply
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lottafelines

Oh, and one more thing, he's having a few problems with his plan to run for mayor of Chicago, as you have to be a Chicago resident for 1 year prior. He has no residence in Chicago. His house is rented, therefore, is no longer considered his place of residence.

October 04 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +25 rate up rate down Reply
oldengineera2

Is this more typical of DC politics, or Chicago politics? It would be poetic to see Rahm in the unemployment lines: he sure hasn't done anything for those already there.

October 04 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse +50 rate up rate down Reply
seestang69

A run for public office??? BIG Mistake..

October 04 2010 at 6:23 PM Report abuse +32 rate up rate down Reply

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