Chicago Mayor Daley Won't Seek Re-Election
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
There is big news out of Chicago's City Hall today from longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley.
RICHARD M: Today, I'm announcing that I will seek a seventh term as mayor of the City of Chicago. Simply put: It's time. It's time for me. It's time for Chicago to move on.
BLOCK: And, David, Mayor Daley not running for a seventh term - big surprise?
DAVID SCHAPER: In his brief announcement today, Daley says that he loves being mayor. He recounted some of his successes in office, and got a little choked up as he said that improving the City of Chicago has been the work of his life.
DALEY: I've had the opportunity to expand, to build, to create, unite and compromise for the betterment of Chicago. I am deeply grateful to the people of this great city, more grateful than I can fully express. I've given it my all. I have done the best.
BLOCK: Did, you think, that also factor into his decision not to seek another term?
SCHAPER: So these things have been frustrating to voters. And it's possible that he might have had a tougher chance at being reelected than any time in the last 15, 20 years.
BLOCK: Now, in terms of a possible replacement, as we've been hearing, there is at least one very well-known name - someone who has made no secret of the fact that he would love to be mayor of Chicago - and that's the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
SCHAPER: However, there's an awful lot of other candidates who would run, especially now that the all-powerful Mayor Daley is out of the way. It gives any challenger a much better chance at winning that prize office.
BLOCK: Okay, David. Thanks very much.
SCHAPER: Thank you, Melissa.
BLOCK: That's NPR's David Schaper in Chicago, on the news that Mayor Richard M. Daley will not seek a seventh term.
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