Gutierrez says no to Chicago mayoral run
October 14th, 2010
06:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Gutierrez says no to Chicago mayoral run

(CNN) - Cross a big name off the list of possible candidates in the Chicago mayor's race.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) has decided not to throw his hat into the ring.

In a speech at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Thursday, Gutierrez said he would not seek the city's top office.

"I have unfinished business to complete, so I will not be a candidate for mayor of the city of Chicago," Gutierrez said.

The "one and only reason I'm not running," Gutierrez said, is "to continue the battle for comprehensive immigration reform."

Gutierrez, a nine-term Congressman from Illinois' 4th district, has been a champion for immigration reform - and he has made it no secret that he is frustrated with the lack of movement by the Obama administration on the issue.

Speculation about a possible mayoral bid was fueled when an internal poll by Gutierrez, released to the Chicago Sun-Times, revealed that he would be a strong candidate.

The decision by Gutierrez is good news for the potential top contenders in the race - including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Gutierrez did not endorse any candidates in his speech, but did say that he had called several of them to wish them well.

Filed under: 2010 • Chicago mayoral race • Luis Gutierrez • Mayoral races
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are like a doctor whose done a bad surgery and then claims it wasn't his fault but let me operate on you again. That's exactly what they are asking of the American people.

    October 14, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Hugo

    Rahm made him an offer he couldn't refuse...

    October 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. barry

    It's a shame Gutierrez doesn't want to run for Mayor. It would have been nice to get the lunatic out of Congress. He has such a victim mentality I can't stand to listen to the guy. It's hard to listen to him as it is to listen to Palin's voice.

    October 14, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |