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Rahm Emanuel's Replacement: Daley Keeping Quiet

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Mayor Daley on Wednesday continued to play cat-and-mouse about whom he's backing in the crowded race to replace Rep. Rahm Emanuel -- amid speculation the mayor is leaning toward his unofficial City Council floor leader.

Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th) acknowledged he's had "conversations" about the race with both the mayor and Emanuel, newly appointed White House chief-of-staff.

O'Connor said he's "definitely interested" in running, but only with Daley's blessing.

"I don't think anybody who really wants to be effective wants to run without his support...I'm considering it and his backing is an essential part for anybody who wants to run and win," he said.

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