In the immortal words of Rodney King: “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”…
(Chicago Sun-Times) — Chicago mayoral hopeful Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) shot a warning on Tuesday morning to former President Bill Clinton, coming to Chicago to stump for rival Rahm Emanuel: Stay out.
Davis said that if Clinton did campaign for Emanuel, it would “fracture” and perhaps break his warm relationship with the African American community if he came “to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s Black community.”
Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt declined comment.
Emanuel is the front-runner in the Feb. 22 Chicago mayoral primary, a non-partisan election where if no one gets over 50 percent, then the top two contenders face an April 5 general election run-off.
Davis and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) are the leading African American candidates for mayor and neither of them, for now, shows any intention of dropping out in order to consolidate the city’s African American vote.
Last week, state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) quit the race in the effort to boost the chance of the city electing an African American mayor.
Even if one African American were in the contest, it could be tough to overtake Emanuel’s lead: he is polling well in the African American community.
Emanuel is the former White House chief of staff who served under President Obama — the first African American president.