* Rahm Emanuel has issued a statement without mentioning his interest…
“While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago,” said Emanuel
A senior Obama Administration official said Emanuel is likely to run for the post. “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run,” the official said.
I’m not sure who feeds Chris Cillizza, so I can’t tell you how high up that really goes. One thing’s for sure, Emanuel could raise millions of dollars right out of the gate. But he’ll have some big trouble with some major elements within organized labor.
CNN is more reserved…
A source close to Emanuel tells CNN that it’s complicated. He takes his job seriously and feels a responsibility to see out his duties serving the President during difficult times. That said he’s made no secret of the fact that he’s always wanted to be Mayor of Chicago, a city he served in the House of Representatives.
The source close to Emanuel says he will probably look at the open seat as an option but has some time to make the decision.
* A kabillion names are floating around right now. Lisa Madigan, Tom Dart, Terry Peterson, Danny Davis, Mike Quigley, Jim Houlihan, Miguel Del Valle, James Meeks, John Fritchey and all the other usual suspects are being discussed.
One of the least mentioned - but whose name was floated by somebody this afternoon who could back her to the hilt - is Valerie Jarrett. Interesting.
Continue guessing in comments if you feel like it.
But here’s a question to ponder: As of right now, for what one thing will Daley be remembered most?
* 3:55 pm - This group has only 1700 signatures on its online petition, so I’m not paying much attention to it yet, even though they are getting some national coverage...
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which sought to drag the White House toward a public option during the health care fight, blamed Rahm Emanuel then for the failure, and co-founder Adam Green is out with a scorching statement on his possible mayoral campaign:
“Rahm is unfit to represent Democrats in office. He’s a cancer on the Democratic Party. Democrats’ current 2010 situation is due to a weak Rahm Emanuel mentality that says water down real reform at the urging of Republicans and corporations, thus making Democratic reform less popular with voters than the real deal would have been. If Democrats had passed the overwhelmingly-popular public option and broken up the big banks when they had the chance, they’d be cruising for a landslide victory right now.”
* 3:59 pm - Ald. Walter Burnett says the city council’s Black Caucus will meet tomorrow to discuss the mayoral vacancy.
* From SEIU President Tom Balanoff…
Mayor Richard M. Daley has provided Chicago with a lifetime of public service. The Service Employees International Union’s Illinois State Council wants to thank him for his work. This economic recession has made clear that Chicago needs a strong advocate for working families. SEIU represents 100,000 members in Chicago–a strong voice for workers and working families.
* 4:03 pm - Politico reports Rahm wants Valerie Jarrett as chief of staff…
Emanuel has told Chicago associates, a source tells me, who he believes will likely succeed him: Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
* 4:06 pm - Congressman Danny Davis throws a brushback pitch at Emanuel and reminds the DC media that there is life outside the Beltway…
Davis said Emanuel wouldn’t be able to waltz away with the mayorship, describing that as a “Beltway notion.”
“All politics is local,” he said. “In Chicago, if you are out of sight, then you are pretty much out of mind,” Davis said, noting that Members of Congress go home every weekend. “When the bell rings, all of the Chicago representatives are on the airplane coming home, because they know they need to be in direct contact with their constituents, or somebody else is going to be on the plane.”
If Emanuel runs, “he’ll need to come and put his feet on the ground like any other candidate” and see if he can put together a coalition to win, Davis said.
“There’s nobody who’s got a corner on this,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a frontrunner.”
* 4:55 pm - Attorney General Lisa Madigan…
“I am focused on winning my race for attorney general so that I can continue to fight for the people of Illinois. I would like to thank Mayor Daley and Maggie Daley for their service and dedication to the people of Chicago.”
* 5:15 pm - John Fritchey…
Fritchey said in an interview today that his recent talk of running for mayor was “never predicated” on having another candidate in the race. “I’ve stated that the public is interested in having choices. It’s clear now they’ll have a choice,” he said.
Would he be among those choices? Fritchey told Progress Illinois, “It would be an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of this city.” A decision will come “sooner rather than later.”