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Valerie Jarrett not interested in running for Chicago mayor


WASHINGTON--If White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is on your list of folks mulling a run for Chicago mayor--take her off. She told me Tuesday she is not considering a mayoral bid.

On Monday, Jarrett guested on ABC's "The View" and also took herself out of the running to replace White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel if he departs the White House and then jumps in the mayoral contest.

At the end of 2008--when it looked iike then Sen. Barack Obama would win the presidency--Jarrett briefly considered seeking an appointment from then Gov. Blagojevich to replace Obama in the Senate. Jarrett is familiar with Chicago's City Hall. She served in several positions under the late Mayor Harold Washington--the city's first African American mayor--and stayed on under Mayor Daley. She hired Michelle Obama--then Michelle Robinson--as her deputy. Mrs. Obama worked in Chicago's City Hall between 1991 and 1993.

Jarrett is happy where she is--in a job where she has line responsibilities--running the Office of Public Engagement where she oversees the public liasion and intergovernmental affairs operation--and also serves as a minister without portfolio to President Obama on other domestic and international matters. Jarrett is the only person in the Obama White House who is social friends with the Obamas--she vacations with them--who also serves as a top staffer.

Jarrett told "The View's" Barbara Walters, "No -- I'm just saying, I want to do what I'm doing. I don't want to change jobs. I love my job."


Valerie Jarrett not interested in running for Chicago mayor... that's great because we're not interested in voting for her.

I would vote for her. Smart, capable and experienced. I'm actually disappointed she is not running.

She would be a fantastic mayor. She's an experienced administrator and business leader with the ability to bring together a broad coalition of Chicagoans.

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