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Davis: No "Coronation of Prince Rahm Emanuel"

To read the press clippings inside the Beltway, it appears that departing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has secured the Washington, D.C. vote in his bid to become Chicago's next mayor.

Of course, Washington has no say in who becomes mayor of Chicago.

Which is why one Chicago member of Congress is cautioning those who believe Emanuel has the race wrapped up.

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) wants to be mayor himself. And he's hoping to lock down the nod from a key coalition of labor leaders, city council members and others who are searching for a candidate. The coalition is an offshoot of the black caucus of the Chicago city council.

"The people of the city of Chicago will determine their leadership and determine who's going to be mayor," Davis said. "I don't think there will be any coronation of anyone. I don't think there will be a coronation of Prince Rahm Emanuel."

Davis is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has demonstrated an ability to draw minority voters to the polls. Before coming to Congress, Davis served on the Chicago city council and on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

He ran unsuccessfully for mayor against outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley in the 1991 Democratic primary.

"Rahm has a poll he's done and he's told me they are good numbers and that's fine," said Davis. "But there are other polls that have been done as well."

Davis says he'll only run if the coalition picks him.

"If they decide I'm a candidate, I'm a candidate. If they decide someone else, then that's my candidate," Davis said.