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April 24, 2009

Daley no-go for Senate

The same columnist who first floated the Bill-Daley-for-Senate rumor is now confirming he’s not interested anymore.

Sun-Times gossiper Michael Sneed reports that Daley, the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, is planning to stay out of politics and far away from Washington.

"I was gung-ho and hired pollsters and talked to fundraisers and planned to make an announcement in mid-April," Daley told the Sun-Times yesterday. "But I'm getting remarried in June and decided I want to take a new tack in my life. I just don't want to live a commuter life back and forth from Washington."

Daley’s decision means state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is the heavy favorite to emerge as the Democratic nominee in 2010. Giannoulias raised $1.1 million in a month, scaring off potential primary challengers and giving him a healthy financial headstart. 

Republicans are already anticipating Giannoulias as the nominee, and have begun to target him over his stewardship as state Treasurer.

Sen. Roland Burris’ ethical problems and dismal $845 fundraising total during that same period all but ensures he’s out of contention.

Next up: Will Republican Congressman Mark Kirk take the plunge? Kirk has said he will make his decision by the end of the month. One Illinois GOP operative said Kirk was strongly leaning toward pursuing the Senate race but hasn’t made a final decision yet.