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As Rahm Emanuel reaches out to Chicago, city gears up for a fight

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(Read caption) White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel listens from the back of the room as President Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in this Sept. 10 file photo.

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Could Chicago have a Mayor Emanuel?

Numerous sources are reporting that President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is likely to leave Washington next month to mount a mayoral campaign.

Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley – who is about to break his father’s record as longest-serving mayor of the city, with 21 years in office – announced this month that he won’t seek reelection.

Mr. Emanuel has expressed interest in the job for some time, and has spent the last few weeks contacting Chicago friends and powerbrokers, including potential rivals. He also conducted a poll to gauge his name recognition and chances.

People Emanuel has put out feelers to include Alderman Tom Tunney, who says Emanuel told him that his “poll numbers are looking good.” He also met with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. – who is also considering a run – last week. Rep. Jackson said that a match between the two would be a “heavyweight fight.”


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