The End of the Daley Show

From Chris Cillizza at THE FIX at The Washington Post:

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s surprise announcement today that he would not seek a seventh term in 2011 immediately set off speculation that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel would enter the race.

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Emanuel, in a statement released this afternoon, made no mention of his interest (or lack thereof) in the job.

“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.


Emanuel, who held a Chicago-area Congressional district prior to being named to his current post in late 2008, has long had designs on the mayor’s office.

“I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago,” Emanuel told talk show host Charlie Rose in April. “That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.”


Conversations with plugged-in Chicago Democrats — and boy are there lots of them! — make clear that if Emanuel ran, he would be the clear frontrunner although almost certainly wouldn’t have the field entirely to himself.

Emanuel’s ties to Daley go all the way back to 1989 when he served as finance chairman for the younger Daley’s successful bid.


President Barack Obama said that Daley “helped build Chicago’s image as a world class city” in a statement on the mayor’s retirement released this afternoon.

Those strong ties to Daley — and his political machine — coupled with the former Congressman’s demonstrated fundraising prowess and the behind-the-scenes role that President Obama could play in his home state make Emanuel a strong potential candidate.

That said, there are untold numbers of politicians who believe they have what it takes to be the city’s next mayor and at least a few of them aren’t likely to bow out even if Emanuel gets in.

Among the serious names mentioned: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan, 2004 Senate candidate Gery Chico and Reps. Mike Quigley, Luis Gutierrez and Jesse Jackson Jr.


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14 responses to “The End of the Daley Show

  1. I hope Emanuel does run. I’d like to see someone unabashedly Democratic take the chief of staff job.

    • i want to see him run and win, because he’s an attack dog, and we need attack dogs who have access to microphones.

      • I like the assholey nature, too. I just wish he was right more often. Is that what it takes to imbue a Democrat with some ferocity (a spine)? Some conservativeness?

      • Attack dog? Rahm Emanuel gave up his balls and his fangs the day he became Obama’s CofC. There should be several wounded GOP carcasses all over DC, but Rahm turned into a friendly pup who’s been licking hands instead of biting them.
        As for Daley leaving, I’d dearly love to know what they have on him that’s making him quit and run like Sarah Palin at a spelling bee.

        • blaming rahm is like blaming the waiter if your food tastes lousy. obama decides what the policies are and what he wants done. rahm is supposed to get it done. obama gave up on the public option from the beginning, and he was the one who wanted to make nice with the rethugs time and time again.

          daley isn’t anything like princess sarah. he’s been mayor since 1989. i think he’s hanging it up now, because he will be the longest serving mayor of chicago, beating his father’s record by a few months.

  2. Dusty

    I don’t give a shit what Rahm does. As long as it’s local politics. Who replaces him is the big question at this point. Obama seems to have found his balls again with his speechifying today.

    We can only hope.

    Adore the poster Non. 😉

    • hey dusty! 🙂

      i don’t hate rahm like a lot of other people do. obama has made his own choices. i don’t blame rahm for them. i don’t agree with him on some things, but i like that he’s ballsy. we need more ballsy dems.

  3. Rahm needs to go and I don’t care why he leaves. Just go away.

  4. Having a name that means “god with you” ought to pull religious votes. I still get a mental image with the name Daley of many a busted head. Now Big Jim Thompson was a notable Chicago mayor. He used to control all the gambling and the whorehouses.

    • i don’t know a lot about chicago politics, but i remember hearing about daley (the elder) when i was growing up. there were certain truths back then–daley was mayor of chicago, rockefeller was governor of new yawk, and the yankees always won the world series. when those things were no longer true, my world was shaken. it’s not that i was particularly fond of any of them (okay, i loved the yankees until the mets came along), and didn’t know much about them, but i knew the names.