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A new candidate to replace Rahm in Illinois

by James Denison / December 29, 2008 1:42 PM PST

He writes some good financial articles. Who knows, maybe he can parlay his economic background into a win.


I have a unique New Year's resolution this year: I'd like to become a member of Congress.

Really. I'm running for Congress in the 5th District of Illinois.

The whole election came up suddenly. I live in Chicago; Rahm Emanuel is my congressman. When he resigns to become Barack Obama's chief of staff, the seat will be filled by special election. (Our governor -- the same guy who tried to sell a Senate seat -- is responsible for calling the special election within 120 days of Rahm's resignation.) I'm running as a centrist Democrat, advocating the kind of pragmatic problem-solving that I've been writing about in this column for years.

So this particular column is in part a farewell. (If I'm back in a few months, you'll know that I lost.) It's also an explanation: Why would a sane person with multiple enjoyable jobs want to be a politician?

The answer is that for someone interested in economics, what's going on in the world right now is a scary version of the seventh game of the World Series. What happens in Washington in the next couple of years is going to matter more than at any time since the Great Depression....(see article)

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