Alan Greenblatt is a GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: email@example.com
Over the last several years, I've sometimes wished that the other candidate had won -- that we wouldn't have been saddled with a chief executive so widely derided for his incompetence that talk of impeachment never quite goes away.
No, this is not yet another Bush v. Gore rehash. I'm thinking of the Illinois governor's race in 2002, when Rod Blagojevich narrowly beat Paul Vallas for the Democratic nomination. Like Gore, Vallas has gone on to other things -- namely, running the school systems in Philadelphia and New Orleans. (Here's my feature about him when he was still in Philly.)
Unlike (the public) Gore, Vallas still clearly harbors some regrets. After making an address in Chicago yesterday, Vallas told reporters he was considering another run for governor in 2010.
"Frustrated and angry'' about the opportunities Gov. Blagojevich has "squandered,'' former Chicago Schools CEO Paul Vallas said Monday he would be "open to running again'' for governor.
"While some people have been dodging indictments here, I've been running school districts,'' said Vallas.
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