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Rahm Emanuel Chicago mayor polling details; Carol Moseley Braun to announce on Monday


WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has commissioned his longtime pollster, Stanley Greenberg, to survey Chicagoans about a potential mayoral bid. Meanwhile, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun will accept a mayoral "draft" at a Monday news conference in Chicago.

Sources told me that polling calls for Emanuel were being made over the weekend and that Emanuel has activated his Chicago network of pals to reach out to political figures in Chicago on his behalf. While Emanuel backed out of a Chicago visit this past weekend, I'm told he will be in Chicago by the end of the month.

While Emanuel mulls a bid -- and handles a crushing work load in the Obama White House -- backers of Moseley Braun huddled Sunday with her to map her political comeback under the "Carol for Chicago" banner.

Moseley Braun -- a one-term senator, New Zealand ambassador, Cook County recorder of deeds and state representative who runs an organic food company in Chicago -- has been out of politics since she ran for president in 2004. She was the first female and African American senator from Illinois.

Emanuel's poll was first revealed by NBC5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern.
On Monday, I found Kathy Posner, Chicago civic leader, who was called by Emanuel's pollster on Saturday.

She told me the 20-minute survey asked about Emanuel; Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd); David Hoffman, the former city inspector general who lost a Democratic Senate primary bid; Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and state Sen. James Meeks.

Posner said there was a query about Daley's job rating and what city issues are important: jobs, police, etc. After running through some positives about Emanuel -- his congressional career, his work as Obama's chief of staff -- Emanuel tested some potential negatives: his onetime friendship with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and how Emanuel made millions as an investment banker with City Hall connections. There was also a question about Emanuel and convicted political fixer Tony Rezko.

Obama last week praised Emanuel -- the president said he would make an excellent mayor -- but that won't necessarily translate into helping Emanuel win the crucial Chicago African-American vote.

Ironically, working for the nation's first black president means almost nothing to the political powerbrokers in the African-American community who are exploring whether they can coalesce around one consensus African-American candidate.

Racial and ethnic politics -- and crosstown rivalries -- are still very much in play in this early stage.

Emanuel already knows one thing without taking a poll: A week has passed and no one in his old congressional district, a potential base, has led a call to draft him.

While pondering a decision to run, Emanuel, Moseley Braun and the others have two calculations to make: how to survive the Feb. 22 nonpartisan primary and then how to form the coalitions that will be needed to win the April 5 run-off.

Valerie Jarrett nixes chief of staff bid

Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said she has no interest in replacing Emanuel if he leaves the White House. On the couch Monday with the women of ABC's "The View," Jarrett was pressed several times by Barbara Walters about her interest in replacing Emanuel.
"I love my job, and I'm so fortunate, really, to have the responsibilities that I enjoy that take me out and engage me every single day with people," Jarrett said.

Walters tried again for an answer. On her third try, Jarrett said, "No -- I'm just saying, I want to do what I'm doing. I don't want to change jobs. I love my job."


I'm very much surprised with the cadre and diversity of business types in Chicago your only choices in mayoral candidates are two professional politicians. Chicago needs someone with managerial experience not a person who will constantly be taking polls on what is politically expedient. Remember some of the dudes y'all had between Big Dick and Little Dickie? Y'all deserve a mayor who works as hard as you guys do.

I'm a very strong supporter of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor in our city. I have a couple of facebook fan pages in support of his run for office:

-"Rahm for Mayor"
-"Rahm 2011"

On last week, I conducted a poll to see who the favorite would be for Mayor and overwhelmingly it was Rahm Emanuel with 60% of the vote Today I started a new poll adding a couple of new names to the list, Rahm again is leading with 50% of the vote. These are hard numbers and votes from various people via this link

I've been generating a buzz...and would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about it. I've already spoken with Steve Miller of WBBM radio 780AM here in Chicago. He did a few excerpts of our phone interview last week. If you're interested in hearing them, please let me know.


Mike Ovitz

Mary, for most voters of Chicago, that is considered a brain cramp!

"Oh no, oh no, I'm not supposed to have hard working politicians whom look out for my community's interest!!"

But it is a nice thought to have.

I am torn. Getting Rahm away from Obama might be the best thing to ever happen for progressives in America. But if it comes at the cost of further corporatizing and privatizing my beloved city, it is a tough call.

I don't support Rahm for mayor, but I very strongly support him running to get him out of the COS position!

Can you provide us with any taped interviews with Rahm Emmanuel and the Water Department Head Don Tomczak, who was so helpful to Rahm to get into Congress. It may be a little difficult since Mr. Tomczak is presently sitting in Oxford Federal Prison.

Also,after Rahm "earned" approximately 18 million dollars in just a little less than 2 years after leaving the Clinton administration and before his running for Congress in 2002? Can you shed some light on what Rahm did do to earn such a fabulous amount of money in such a short time?

How about Rahm's relationship to the whole Friends of Blagojevich tainted operations, which will be most likely, be very much in the front of the news headlines, if a certain celebrated trial starts up once again, early in 2011, as is presently scheduled??

It seems to me that Rahm should avoid all contested elections, because his dirty laundry would become a thorougly aired issue for all of the world to see and thorougly examine.
I, for one, as a Jew, suggest a quiet retirement, perhaps he can make Aliyah to Israel and work to bring about peace and development for ALL THE PEOPLE in that area of the world. That would be a fitting end to his career, which has been much too abrasive and confrontational and severly lacking in any view of doing LASTING good for future generations

I think Carol Mosely Braun appears to be a Saint compared to the baggage Rahm is carrying with him!

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