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November 12, 2008

Obama friend doesn't want Senate appointment

From the Chicago Tribune:

Valerie Jarrett, a close friend and adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, today took herself out of the running to replace him in the U.S. Senate.

“I am not interested in the Senate seat,” Jarrett told the Tribune in an e-mail this afternoon.

Jarrett’s name was high on the list of potential successors to Obama immediately after he won the Nov. 4 presidential election. Under state law, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets to name Obama’s successor through the next general election in 2010.

Jarrett said she was in meetings with the president-elect in Chicago as part of the White House transition and declined further comment.

Jarrett’s announcement follows days of speculation that included recent reports she was Obama’s top choice to succeed him in the Senate. Jarrett, a longtime friend of the president-elect and his wife, Michelle, has served as a top Obama campaign adviser and appears likely to serve in an important White House role.