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Daley Tue Sep 07 2010

Daley Will Not Seek Re-Election

This is the biggest political news story Chicago has had in maybe twenty years: Mayor Daley will not be seeking re-election, according to several different sources.

Let the jockeying begin. Is the Regular Democratic Organization based in the County Party organized enough to anoint a successor? Will the Mayor tap somebody? Are we looking at an imminent run by Rahm Emanuel--just in time to step down after the mid-term elections? Will the rumors about County Board candidate John Fritchey turn into a run? Will the Mayor's tenuous coalition--Lakefront Liberals, South Side ward organizations and the Southwest and Northwest Side "ethnic" wards--hold together or will individual ambitions tear it apart?

Will the city's racial politics, subdued in deference to a Mayor who knew how to divvy up the goods, explode back into the fore?

Is there time for anybody to raise the money necessary to take on any candidate deemed a Daley-tapped successor?

Will the independent politics resurgent in places like the near Southwest Side provide the backbone of a legitimate independent candidacy? And with no Mayor Daley, what will "independent" mean?

Stay tuned as we follow.

 
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JohnnyQ / September 7, 2010 2:06 PM

Fioretti and his Blago-esque helmethair will put up a good fight against Rahmbo.

But my vote is with Waguespack!

Joel Shea / September 7, 2010 2:22 PM

I think the most interesting comment above (and therefore the most interesting question) is who will be Daley's chosen successor? And will that be make that choice a lock for mayor or, with Daley's dipping numbers, will that actually make it tougher for that candidate.

Pretty much anyone BUT that person is going to a run on a "Not Daley" campaign, I would imagine.

Evan Summers / September 7, 2010 2:25 PM

Can anyone say #PowerVacuum ?

Dennis Fritz / September 7, 2010 3:42 PM

WHAAAAAAAT????

Holy crap! I though they'd have to haul Daley to his retirement party in a pine box! This is like one of the pharohs in ancient Eygpt hanging up his jock! I am utterly, utterly stunned.

Ramsin / September 7, 2010 6:28 PM

So what do we think? Will he announce a preferred successor? Or will he do his usual think and "announce" it by attending some fundraisers?

Sarah / September 8, 2010 11:15 AM

Bush absolutely wrecked that city didn’t he?

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