Who Will Replace Daley and 'Mayor Rahm'?

Chicago race (and DC race) wide open
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2010 2:29 PM CDT
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley laughs as he meets with the media after a city council meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Richard Daley’s retirement has set off wild speculation in Chicago about who'll replace him, and in Washington about who’ll replace would-be mayor Rahm Emanuel. DC insiders are positive Rahm will run, according to the Hill, but he’ll have competition. “It’s the wild, wild West,” one state senator tells the New York Times. “I’m a candidate myself at the moment. Everyone I know is running. The doorman in my building is running.”

Other potential candidates include Jesse Jackson Jr., Sheriff Thomas Dart, or ex-prosecutor David Hoffman. “I don’t think there is such a thing as a frontrunner,” Daley’s brother William—another potential candidate—tells Bloomberg. The frontrunner to replace Rahm, meanwhile, seems to be Ron Klain, Joe Biden’s chief of staff, strategists tell Aol News. Other names mentioned include Tom Daschle and Leon Panetta. "It should be someone from outside the Obama campaign," says one strategist. Click here for more details.

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