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Freudian slip or just tired? Rahm says next election 2016 primary

Updated: February 24, 2013 6:28AM

Was it a Freudian slip? Did the truth slip out? Or was Mayor Rahm Emanuel just plain exhausted after hosting a late-night party in Washington?

Whatever it was, Emanuel on Tuesday referred to his next election in 2016 — even though Chicago’s next mayoral election will be held in February 2015.

It happened during a news conference to announce a dramatic expansion in the number of selective enrollment seats at Jones College Prep.

Emanuel was so impressed with the comments made by Jones senior Silas Woods III, he joked that Woods had a future in politics.

“Silas, I understand now why you are elected to be the student on the LSC [local school council]. It’s my understanding also why you’ve decided to primary me in 2016,” the mayor said.

Of course, 2016 is the date of the next presidential election. The non-partisan mayoral election will be held in 2015. There is no mayoral primary.

Emanuel has repeatedly and emphatically denied any interest in running for president.

But speculation about Emanuel’s presidential ambitions persists. The political rumors picked up steam after the mayor made yet another splash on the national stage — and hosted a late-night party — during a whirlwind weekend in Washington to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

If Emanuel ever does run for president, he won’t need another Secret Service code name. He acknowledged Tuesday that he already has one from his days as White House chief of staff.

It’s “Black Hawk.”

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