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February 27, 2009

Daley for Senate?

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed is the recipient of a well-timed trial balloon that former  Commerce Secretary William Daley (and brother of the mayor) plans to run for Roland Burris' Senate seat in 2010:

Sneed hears former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, a major President Obama supporter, plans to enter the U.S. Senate sweepstakes.

• • Translation: Sneed is told Daley plans to emerge as a major contestant for the controversial Senate seat once held by Barack Obama; now held by the embattled Roland Burris!

• • The stats: Daley, who will trade on his stature and experience, has already talked to potential fund-raisers and plans to make an announcement in mid-April.

Daley has expressed interest in the Senate seat before the Burris brouhaha, telling POLITICO last December that he was considering running.

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is expected to run for the seat as well, but has not yet formally announced his campaign.