On Charlie Rose last night, the White House chief of staff said it’s a possibility:
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who in January tried to quash stories about a future Chicago mayoral bid, on Monday put his interest in City Hall on the record: “One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago.”
After damping talk about a mayoral run in January, Rose resurrected the issue when he asked Emanuel what other government jobs he would be interested in if he left the White House.
“I hope Mayor Daley seeks re-election. I will work and support him if he seeks re-election,” said Emanuel, 50. “But if Mayor Daley doesn’t, one day I would like to run for mayor of the City of Chicago. That’s always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.”
Mayor Daley — who will be 68 on Saturday, in his 20th year overseeing City Hall — has not yet made an announcement about running for another term. The mayoral election is next February, and Daley is expected to seek re-election.