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Chicago After Daley Fri Nov 12 2010

Giannoulias Not Interested In Mayoral Run

The Chicago News Cooperative reports that Alexi Giannoulias won't be jumping into the mayoral race:

A day after saying he would listen to attempts to draft him into the mayoral race, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias unequivocally quashed the possibility of a campaign to replace retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley.

In a statement sent to the Chicago News Cooperative on Friday, Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said, "To put all rumors to rest, before they get out of hand, Alexi is not running for mayor."

Giannoulias had told Crain's Chicago Business that aldermen and donors urged him to run for mayor and that he would not rule out running. But some of the politicians who purportedly were trying to draft him told the CNC that they were approached by Giannoulias and allies who thought he could be a formidable candidate in the Feb. 22 city election.

"He didn't get into public service to just run for office," Strand said. "He believes in public service, and his plans are to faithfully serve out the remainder of his term as treasurer and then pursue other opportunities. Alexi loves this city and will provide whatever assistance he can now or in the future to Mayor Daley, the City Council and the next mayor."

Giannoulias lost the Nov. 2 election for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat to Republican Mark Kirk.

 
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