"I'm told Rahm and a close lawyer friend made several polite phone calls to [Robert] Halpin last week, but he bumped up against the wrong guy," said a top Sneed source. "Halpin reportedly conducts his business from the house and his two kids are in school. He doesn't want to move."
In a telephone interview, Halpin, who described himself as an industrial real estate developer in the midst of heading to Louisville on business Monday, told Sneed: "Look, according to the lease I am not allowed to speak to the media about the house.
"But I can tell you I have no plans to move."
Through various sources, Sneed was able to piece together the following scenario . . .
"Rahm explored the option of moving back into his house, he offered to compensate [Halpin] for three months of rent and then compensate him for the rest of the lease if he moved out," said Rick Jasculca, a close friend and spokesman for Rahm. "It was cordial, but [Halpin] was unwilling to terminate the lease. So now Rahm will explore other options."
Sneed notes Rahm has been voting in Chicago the past two years using the home he leased to the Halpins as his registered voting address. The Halpins have also registered to vote at same address. Experts offer varying opinions on whether he can survive a residency challenge, but she said you can count on one being filed. "You can bet it's going to be challenged," said an election expert who asked not to be identified. "It's a hot button. Simply owning a building isn't enough. But the terms of the lease might be a different story." Elections law experts agree Rahm would have had no residency issue if he had not rented out the property to another person and continued to maintain his voting address there while living and working in D.C.