Rahm Emanuel wants to run for mayor of Chicago...and he said it himself this time.
In an interview on Charlie Rose's PBS talk show Monday night, Emanuel said that he was contemplating a run for Chicago mayor.
"I hope Mayor Daley seeks reelection. I will work and support him if he seeks reelection," Emanuel said, according to a transcript from the show. "But if Mayor Daley doesn't, one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago...That's always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives."
Rumors of Emanuel's desire to run have been swirling for months, and the New York Times Magazine reported in March that he "openly communicates that [desire] to people, including his friend Richard Daley, the incumbent mayor."
Emanuel also told Rose that he missed the regular contact he had with constituents as a representative of Illinois' 5th District:
"You learned a lot," Emanuel said, according to a transcript of the interview.
He also said his Speaker of the House aspirations were "over."
Emanuel has previously said that he would not be running for Chicago mayor in the 2011 elections, and Mayor Daley has yet to announce whether he will run. But William Daley, the mayor's brother, said in March that if Emanuel wants to run, he has to "get in line."
WATCH the conversation here (scroll down for the transcript):