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Rahm Tells Tunney: "My Poll Numbers Are Looking Good"




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    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 6: (AFP OUT) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff-designate attends a meeting with President-elect Barack Obama and his economic team, Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff-designate (R), Peter Orszag, Director-designate, Office of Management and Budget (L), Rob Nabors, Deputy Director-designate, Office of Management and Budget (3rd L), Christina Romer, Director-designate, Council of Economic Advisors (2nd R) and Lawrence Summers, Director-designate, National Economic Council (3rd R) January 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he would ban earmark legislation from the stimulus pacjkage his adminstration will propose. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

    If you're thinking about running for Mayor of Chicago, then you may be getting a call from Rahm Emanuel.  

    One more sign White House Chief of Staff Emanuel is likely to enter the Chicago Mayoral race: he's calling other potential candidates and letting them know "he's optimistic about his poll numbers." This, from one who received one of the phone calls.
    Alderman Tom Tunney says Emanuel phoned him in recent days and told Tunney he was reaching out to others considering a mayoral run and that Emanuel "was discussing with his wife" whether to officially announce a campaign.  

    Tunney says Emanuel told him "my poll numbers are looking good." 

    At the same time, Tunney says his conversation with Emanuel -- the first "in many many months" -- was short and to the point. 

    Congressman Mike Quigley, who some political observers consider a possible mayoral contender, is scheduled to meet with Emanuel Wednesday. Emanuel asked for the meeting.