Daley Hints at Another Run for Mayor

"I believe he runs again. I just assume he does. He still has the enthusiasm for the job."

By Andrew Greiner
|  Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Mayor Daley may run again.

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If you think Mayor Daley is planning on tucking his tail between his legs and retiring into private life after the Olympics blew up in his face, think again.

Chicago’s king, err, mayor, is already dropping hints that he plans to run for mayor again in 2011.

At a press conference Tuesday, Daley wouldn’t say specifically whether he was planning  another run but lambasted the press for planning his retirement party.

"You wrote my obituary, didn't you?" he told reporters. "I don't know why you already put me in the grave. ... I know you're all planning it, but don't worry."

Daley’s brother, William, a long-time political adviser to the mayor, took the speculation a step further in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

"Win or lose, the Olympics were never going to determine what Rich Daley was going to do," William Daley said.  "I believe he runs again. I just assume he does. He still has the enthusiasm for the job."

2011 could be a tough go around for the mayor. He is mired in the worst approval ratings of his career – 35 percent according to a Tribune poll --  and the Olympics loss didn’t do him any favors. A viable opponent, however, has yet to materialize.
 

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