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Dart's Exit Changes Race: Rahm



    Unofficial mayoral candidate Rahm Emmanuel says Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's decision not to run alter's the race's dynamics. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010)

    Rahm Emanuel concedes that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's decision not to run for mayor of Chicago will have an impact on the race, but he's not going to spend too much time analyzing it.

    "I think I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do, which is continue this conversation I've had with the voters," he said Wednesday afternoon. 

    "The dynamics, obviously when somebody with Tom Dart's quality and capacity gets out, that has an impact," he said. "I'm going to leave that interpretation to others."

    Emanuel said he called and left Dart a message after hearing of the decision and could empathize about serious conversation one has to have with themselves prior to jumping into a big race.

    "When I ran for Congress I went through this process.  When I was thinking about running for mayor, you have an evaluation of what drives you, what motivates you both personally and professionally.  I think you've really got to respect him in the sense -- I think we all know he's very committed to his family, loves his family, loves his job, he took a gut check of that decision.  Tom Dart does not get scared," said Emanuel.