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Alexi Giannoulias draft for Chicago mayoral run?


Democratic Illinois Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias--who last week lost to challenger Republican Mark Kirk--will meet on Friday with a group of about six Chicago aldermen who are looking for a Chicago mayoral candidate up to thwarting hopeful Rahm Emanuel--who so far has put together the strongest campaign for the February mayoral primary.

Others already in the contest: Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), attorney Gery Chico, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago).

I don't think Giannoulias is that interested in jumping in the mayor's race, but his approach, I gather is this: it doesn't hurt to listen to the aldermen to see what they have to say.

One line of thinking I've heard: While Emanuel is expected to have millions of dollars for his mayoral race to bankroll television spots, Chicagoans just coming off the Nov. 2 elections--where they were bombarded with political ads--may just be sick and tired of commercials.

I've heard that the presentation Giannoulias is supposed to get will include findings from a poll paid for by union interests who are not enamored with Emanuel--who makes his "official" announcement on Saturday. Meeks and Davis announce on Sunday.


Have we all just IGNORED the fact that Emanuel is not legally eligible to stand for election as Mayor of Chicago because he has not lived in the City for the 12 months prior to the election? Why does the rule apply to others but not him? And, while we are thinking about qualifications to run for Mayor, why would we elect a man who was either (a) intimately involved with the disastrous banking policies at Broadway Bank that led to its failure, including Loans to Mobsters, or (b) not involved with anything having to do with the management of that bank, and therefore a liar about his experience in business? Plus, does Alexi have the intestinal fortitude to run against his pal Barry's former Chief of Staff? Could Alexi stand to go down in defeat so closely after losing to the milquetoast candidacy of Mark Kirk?

i guess anything's better than another statewide run...

You can Bet the Bank on It!!!

How the heck can he make a run at this point? He would need to collect 10s of thousands of nomination signatures by the November 22nd deadline; that's less than two weeks!

Can he assemble an army of volunteer signature gatherers to pull it off?

Recycle your crooks, they come and around and around in Illinois. Where is the backbone of the electorate there? What a joke of a state, Indiana makes you guys look like amateurs. Time to clean house, the roaches are in your food, Illinois.

I would ride the Alexi train

Rahm Emanuel remember Bernie Epton!

I don't think that Chicagoans are sick of commercials, they're sick of voting. This is going to be a low turnout. We just voted in November, a year before that and in 2008. I'm sitting it out until 2012.

Alexi Giannoulias or Rahm Emanuel now we will really get to choose between the lessor of 2 evil's! Could this Mayor's race get any better!Does Chicago really have no one better to run for Mayor of Chicago!

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