12/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Danny Davis Hedging On Run For County Board President

Congressman Danny Davis may be backing away from a run for Cook County Board president in order to keep his seat in Washington.

Davis has said repeatedly that intends to challenge beleaguered incumbent Board President Todd Stroger, but in comments he made to Roll Call, which were flagged by Progress Illinois, the former Cook County commissioner has been keeping his options open:

"I have enough signatures to turn in for the nominating process for re-election to Congress, should I choose to do so," Davis said in a phone interview.

Roll Call cited unnamed "Democratic operatives" as saying that Davis hoped he could clear the field for board president, which hasn't come close to happening. Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Terrence O'Brien and incumbent Board President Stroger are among the Democrats running against Davis in the Democratic primary.