Lots has been written about the skirmishes between mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and City Council dean Ed Burke as they vie for power in the post-Daley world. But lost in the speculation over whether Emanuel will choose to keep Burke as finance committee chairman is the fact that it’s not supposed to be his decision to make.

Emanuel said at a presser Monday that he’d had a “good meeting” with Burke, but he declined to say whether he would back the alderman for another stint as chairman of the council’s finance committee, which oversees billions of dollars in bond issues, legal settlements, and other city transactions.

In fact, showing his adroit political skills, Emanuel quickly veered away from Burke to things he’d rather discuss—his plans to fix the schools and his budding “partnership” with the rest of the aldermen.