Rahm Emanuel admitted he wants to return home and run for mayor of Chicago some time in the near future.
"I hope Mayor Daley seeks reelection. I will work and support him if he seeks reelection," the White House chief of staff told PBS's Charlie Rose in an interview. "But if Mayor Daley doesn't, one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago."
He added, "That's always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives."
There were conflicting reports over the last few months about whether he actually wanted to run for the Windy City's top job.
Richard Daley is set to surpass his father as the longest serving mayor if he sees out his current term, which expires next year. Some reports suggest he plans to run again, which means Emanuel would be looking at a 2015 bid.
Emanuel, a former aide to Daley, also told Rose that he no longer was interested in becoming speaker of the House.