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No Daley? What Now?

Don Rose 7 September 2010 8 Comments

I was as surprised as anyone to hear the news that RMD will not run again. In the recent past I have written that I thought he would go again unless the delicate health of his wife would make him change his mind. I can only assume that is the case here, because he certainly had no serious opposition for next February, though his low ratings suggest he might have a bit more of a fight than usual.

This sets up a situation where many will opt to run, but I believe it will get down to Sheriff Tom Dart, Rahm Emanuel and possibly a serious African American candidate in the field. It could be a very big field to begin, though time to file will be upon us in November.

Remembering that we now have “nonpartisan” mayoral elections, wherein the top two vote-getters will have a runoff if no one reaches 50 percent plus one, a simple plurality in the initial election will not guarantee success for the top vote getter as in the days when the Democratic primary could be won with a plurality as Harold Washington did in 1983.

It’s all speculation at this moment, but I would remind everyone that I consider Dart to be the hottest political property in town, other than Lisa Madigan. If Emanuel quits his job and comes back here to run, he will have his hands full.

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer


  • Bill Baar said:

    I’d put my bet on Dart too.

  • Bessie said:

    I will not bet against Tom Dart….I don’t think Rahm wants to be in the same town as Patrick Fitzgerald…WHO else has money in their campaign war chest who isn’t currently running for office??? JJJ blew it with the Blagojevich trial, he’s going to have to wait for everyone to forget and all the search engines like google and bing to just stop working…maybe his wife?

  • Bessie said:

    P.S. WHAT do you all think of this short notice??? Was it a thoughtless selfish act on Daley’s part or some sort of strategic move???

  • Mike Buck said:

    Forget about Rahm. His campaign will end right around the time that it begins. He is about as appealing as a kick in the groin.

  • Dan Kelley said:

    Rahm Emanuel would be well advised to sit this one out unless he wants to have a candid discussion about why Don Tomczak supported his initial congressional campaign and wound up in prison for his efforts. Rod Blagojevich could easily issue Emanuel another subpoena in January as well, so the timing is all wrong.

  • dmlawyer said:

    Sandi Jackson would not want to be mayor.

    She would have to live in the City full time, and enroll her kids in Chicago schools.

    Right now, she spends 5 of 7 days per week at her home in Washington DC.

  • dmlawyer said:

    Is there room for one more title on that tombstone Roland Burris had made ?

  • conservative said:

    Will business be happy with Dart? I don’t think so. The city is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. Dart is the guy who just decides to not enforce foreclosures on his own! That’s the loose cannon bankers and business leaders would want as Mayor?

    The re-gentrification of the city has brought in former GOP voting wealthy suburbanites in million dollar condo’s who have voted Democratic because it was Mayor Daily; will they continue to do that for Dart? Or any of the far left Pol’s who’s names have been put in the mix. I think this far left vigilante like path Dart choose will not play well with the money people.
    Someone like a Ron Gidwitz could be the Rudy Guliani of Chicago, With the way voters feel about change it might be time for a clean break with the corruption of one party rule. One can only pray.

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