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Chicago After Daley Thu Nov 11 2010

Mayoral Twist: Alexi Giannoulias For Mayor?

Lynn Sweet reports that a few alderman are meeting with Alexi Giannoulias this Friday about a possible mayoral bid:

Democratic Illinois Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias--who last week lost to challenger Republican Mark Kirk--will meet on Friday with a group of about six Chicago aldermen who are looking for a Chicago mayoral candidate up to thwarting hopeful Rahm Emanuel--who so far has put together the strongest campaign for the February mayoral primary.

Others already in the contest: Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), attorney Gery Chico, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago).

I don't think Giannoulias is that interested in jumping in the mayor's race, but his approach, I gather is this: it doesn't hurt to listen to the aldermen to see what they have to say.

One line of thinking I've heard: While Emanuel is expected to have millions of dollars for his mayoral race to bankroll television spots, Chicagoans just coming off the Nov. 2 elections--where they were bombarded with political ads--may just be sick and tired of commercials.

I've heard that the presentation Giannoulias is supposed to get will include findings from a poll paid for by union interests who are not enamored with Emanuel--who makes his "official" announcement on Sunday.

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