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  Bill Daley leaning toward Illinois Senate bid
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 05, 2009 08:44pm
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News DateFriday, March 6, 2009 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Commerce Secretary William Daley is leaning toward running for the Senate seat President Obama once held, sources close to Daley tell The Hill. They characterize the decision as all but finalized.

Daley would likely be an instant front-runner in the race to replace Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). Though the White House may be loath to get involved in a primary, it would be hard to overlook the fact that Daley was a co-chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign and the transition team.

Daley has already ruled out a run for governor in 2010, deferring to new Gov. Pat Quinn (D). But adding fuel to the rumors of an impending Senate run, a Daley fan has snapped up several websites for Daley's use, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist. The domain names were all registered within the past week.

Daley has already held discussions about the race with two top political professionals in advance of making a bid official. They include Larry Grisolano, who played a central role in 2008 as Obama's director of paid media and opinion research during the campaign. In January, Grisolano signed up with AKPD Message and Media, the firm founded by Obama senior adviser David Axelrod and home of Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.
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