Though one would think a private meeting amongst the three major African-American candidates for mayor of Chicago in 2011 would produce one candidate at meeting’s end, nothing of the sort happened. At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Danny Davis and spokesmen for Carole Moseley Braun and James Meeks all say they’re still in the race.
It’s not the first time the three candidates have met privately in hopes of coming up with unity for one African-American candidate to become the powerhouse that will win the Chicago mayoral election of 2011. The problem is that all three want to be the ‘one’ African-American candidate. If there are any deals being made, none of the candidates are saying anything about those deals.
There is media speculation, however, that Meeks may be really be on the way out since his comments last week against White women, Latinos, and Asians getting city minority contracts which Meeks said should be going to Blacks only. Since realizing the political blunder he made, he’s been back-peddling ever since the words came out of his mouth.
While Davis has the politically-healthy reputation among Chicagoans as well as second place behind Rahm Emanuel in a recent mayoral poll, Braun claims to have the financial backing and the organization to pull off a win. Meeks claims to have many supporters.
Also impressive for Davis is the recent endorsement of 15 Chicago Black Alderman for his candidacy to be come Chicago’s mayor in 2011.
The deadline for withdrawing from the race is this week. Therefore, the public will see if anyone drops out by the deadline soon.