Congressman Danny K. Davis announced that he’ll be endorsing Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the April 7 runoff. Davis made the announcement last Sunday, March 8, at Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller Avenue, in Austin.
“I think people who weren’t engaged, who were not involved are indeed trying to figure out, ‘How do I get in? Tell me where the Chuy campaign office is,'” Davis said, according to a CBS 2 Chicago report.
The Congressman and Garcia were flanked by Chris Taliaferro, who is challenging Ald. Deborah Graham in a runoff in the 29th Ward; Tara Stamps, who is challenging Ald. Emma Mitts in a 37th Ward runoff; and Rev. Ira Acree, the church’s pastor and an advisor on the campaign of businessman Willie Wilson, among others.
According to some political observers, Emanuel is still smarting from the jolt his image took among blacks after several policies he implemented in his first term, particularly closing 50 public schools in largely African American neighborhoods.
“I don’t think there’s much Rahm Emanuel can do to repair his image in the Black community,” said political consultant Del Marie Cobb. “People know who he is, he’s a known quantity.
“There’s a level of distrust and I think it’s just because the communities don’t know each other and haven’t spent a lot of time together,” Cobb told CBS 2.