* Press release…
Despite urging from people he listens to and respects, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-4, has said he has decided not to run for mayor of Chicago and is launching a drive to draft Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcîa for the job.
“First, I want to thank the hundreds of you who have called to offer support and encouragement for me to run for mayor of our great city,” Gutiérrez said. “Because of my unending respect for all of you, I’ve listened carefully and believe me, from the bottom of my heart, I am honored.
However, he said he has made two important promises in the months since he announced his retirement from Congress.
“Not too long ago, I made a promise to my daughter, Jessica, who is running for alderman in the 30th ward that I would put her future first. … “She is carving her own path as a young, independent progressive leader, and a part of the exciting new movement coming to the forefront across our nation. The last thing I want to do is undermine her independence or undercut her avenues for success. I’m a dad first.”
And, while he loves Chicago, he said his heart is with Puerto Rico, the home of his parents, and he has promised to “be the guy” to help “abolish” Donald Trump and rebuild Puerto Rico.
“Puerto Rico deserves my time and my energy and I will not rest until my work there restores it to its proper place as a home for hard working people and a haven for prosperity,” he said. But “Rebuilding Puerto Rico can’t be done with Donald Trump as president.”
So, in order to “tear down Trump’s second wall that is denying over 900,000 immigrants citizenship,” Gutiérrez will take up the gauntlet and crisscross America, as a national spokesperson on behalf of the National Partnership for New Americans and continue his trademark firebrand work on immigration and refugee rights.
Finally, Gutiérrez urged his supporters, and those who worked for García four years ago, to help draft the commissioner for another mayoral run. “Chuy took us almost far enough four years ago bringing a new spirit of independence and honesty that survived his defeat. It’s time to let his vision be fulfilled.”
He noted that he and García began as children of the movement that elected Harold Washington, who “said no to hatred and bigotry and yes to equality … and Chuy can make that happen and heal the city.”
“We are going to form an exploratory committee and start circulating petitions this weekend,” Gutiérrez said. “If Chuy doesn’t have petitions out, I will print them myself. I know how to spell his name.”
*** UPDATE *** Chuy Garcia press release…
First, I want to thank Congressman Gutierrez for his confidence and support in my ability to lead Chicago and to serve as a bridge to unite our increasingly divided city. And, certainly, as a father, I understand his decision and admire the love he has for his daughter and unwavering support to the people of Puerto Rico.
Calls and messages have been coming in from people all over the city urging me to run, including Congressman Gutierrez. And, I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and support from the bottom of my heart.
As I take a closer look at the Mayor’s race I will continue to dialogue with Chicagoans from across our great city to talk about solutions that will both unify us and improve everyone’s quality of life. While we have great challenges ahead of us we also have an opportunity to bring peace to a city that has been too much at war with itself. And, I look forward to forging that peace together.
* Rep. Luis Gutierrez won’t run for Chicago mayor, calls on Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia to seek the office instead: Garcia, who has been running for the congressional seat Gutierrez will vacate, could not be reached Wednesday morning for comment on his plans. As Gutierrez pushed Garcia for mayor, Garcia was nowhere to be seen at the county board meeting. He was present earlier in the morning for committee meeting, but went back to the offices and didn’t reappear.
* Gutierrez won’t run for Chicago mayor; will try to draft Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia
* U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez not running for mayor