Nightly News | September 07, 2010
WILLIAMS: was made today. I want you to stick around one moment...
WILLIAMS: ...for this next item. Put it this way, for 42 of the last 55 years, there's been a mayor of Chicago named Daley . That's about to change. Richard Daley stunned the political world today, announcing he would not be running for re-election. His wife has battled cancer since '02. And he said today the time has come to turn a page.
Mayor RICHARD DALEY (Democrat, Chicago): In the coming days, I know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor. Many of you will search to find what's behind my decision. It's simple. I've always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it's time to move on . For me that time is now.
WILLIAMS: Now, Chuck , the office of Chicago mayor has always been larger than itself.
WILLIAMS: It doesn't ever stop in Chicago . So how does this have White House implications, his announcement, very personal announcement today?
TODD: Well, it is. And that is the reason it has White House implications, the chief of staff , Rahm Emanuel , has made no secret that his lifelong ambition is to be mayor of Chicago . He's been asked numerous times would he run for mayor of Chicago . He has said he wants Richard Daley to run for re-election. But Richard Daley 's now not running for re-election. Here's what I can tell you. Chicago veterans tell me that Rahm probably has a week or two to make a decision. Most people close to him believe he is going to end up running. Now, this, of course, would lead to some sort of mini shake-up or big shake-up inside the White House . Would the president decide to have an interim chief of staff between, say, now and November, or would he go for the whole shebang, bring in somebody from the outside and do the big shake-up that some Democrats on the outside of the White House have been clamoring for, frankly, for months.
WILLIAMS: Again, now that we know there won't be a Daley in Chicago City Hall for the first time in a long time. Chuck Todd , thanks for all of it tonight...
WILLIAMS: ...being up here with us in New York .