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Rahm and Jesse Talk Turkey

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Rahm and Jesse Talk Turkey
Rahm and Jesse Talk Turkey

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Stop us if you've heard this one.

Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr. were sitting in a Washington office talking about Chicago politics.

Emanuel and Jackson reportedly huddled in D.C. Wednesday to talk about the suddenly wide-open race for Mayor of Chicago, reports Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times

''It's fair to say they had a conversation not only about the race, but about the city itself,'' a source told Sweet.

It's not unusual to hear these men's names mentioned in connection to Chicago politics. It seems like where ever there is an opening, these men are sure to be there. 

Both were discussed with regularity during the run up to and throughout the trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich. Both allegedly tried to devise a way to capitalize on Blago's indescretions, prosecutors said.

Neither man was called to the stand, and Blago wasn't convicted on charges that could have involved them, of course.

Emanuel and Jackson Jr. haven't declared their intention to run, but both have put out feelers. Jackson Jr. says he and his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson are considering a run. Emanuel reportedly has been polling likely voters.

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