Moseley Braun urged to leave Chicago mayor’s race after 'strung out on crack' comment
February 2nd, 2011
05:38 PM ET
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Moseley Braun urged to leave Chicago mayor’s race after 'strung out on crack' comment

Washington (CNN) -One of Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun's opponents is urging her to withdraw from the contest citing what she terms her "volatility" and "insensitivity."

This comes after the two women exchanged fiery words on Sunday – with the former senator accusing her opponent of previously being "strung out on crack." Moseley Braun later apologized for the remarks.

But in a statement posted Wednesday on Patricia Van Watkins' website the candidate said: "Over the last few days, people across the city have shared their concerns about Carol Moseley Braun's volatility and insensitivity to the lives and challenges of so many Chicago families. Today, with a host of supporters by my side, I have called for Carol to step out of this mayoral race."

CNN reached out to Moseley Braun's campaign but did not receive a response.

On Tuesday, Moseley Braun retreated from the comments that sparked the controversy. They were made to Watkins at a weekend candidate forum - that did not include leading mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel - at a Chicago church on the city's south side.

"I want to apologize to her, to the congregations and members of Trinity United Church and of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist church and to all of the families and friends of those who are or who have been caught up in the tragedy of drug use," Moseley Braun said to reporters in Chicago.

According to media reports, Watkins, who badly trails the other candidates, was initially more forgiving of Moseley Braun saying on Tuesday: "Though I accept Carol's media-issued apology, I believe she should seek sensitivity counseling and make restitution by volunteering at a recovery house as soon as possible. Carol's reckless comments reveal her detachment from the experiences of the majority of Chicago families who just need a second chance."

The episode began at the Sunday event after Watkins accused Moseley Braun of being "missing in action" from the community for the past 20 years.

Visibly angered, Moseley Braun explained why, she felt, Watkins was unaware of her service to Chicago.

"Patricia, the reason you didn't now where I was the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack," said Moseley Braun. "I was not strung out on crack. I don't have a record."

In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Watkins admitted having a problem with drugs as a teenager.

Voters will cast ballots in the Chicago mayor's race on February 22.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Tish

    If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. While I don't agree or condone the comment, it shows the woman is human and it's for the other opponent to deal with their own challenges. Demanding that she step aside only tells me that whenever someone says something that you don't like you going to act this way. I say grow up and put your big girl panties on

    February 2, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Sgt Schultz

    How would she know? She speaks from experience? With candidates like that running for Mayor, no wonder Chicago is the crime capital of the nation.

    February 2, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. anthony

    We live in a society so afraid to be honest, so afraid to tell it like it is.. SO AFRAID of not being POLITICALLY CORRECT, that no one calls at anyone anymore. Unless you're flat out lying, then we see politicians doing it all the time. But if its the truth.. mums the word. Politics are weird.

    February 2, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    CMB has done very little correctly or anything with style and grace. She was a lousy senator who did nothing to distinguish herself. To save face after her defeat, then president Clinton appointed her ambassador to that world hot spot know as New Zealand, where she proved to be medocre at best. At least they did not declare war on us because of her.

    It would be nice if CMB left the mayor's race quitely, but like Sarah Palin, CMB's in it for whatever SHE can get out of it.

    February 2, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Whatever

    She wonders why she is not in the Senate??? Act like an ADULT and speak on what you will do for the people. If you can't do that I guess you have to resort to insult/attacking your opponents. Are you sure she is a Democrat? Geez

    February 2, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. T

    Another ONE BITE THE DUST....................................

    February 2, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. TamarS

    If Moseley-Braun can't hold her temper now, imagine what she'd be like if she had the power of a mayor! just another blagoyevich!

    February 2, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    What a very well-written piece...

    Although I don't think Moseley Braun has insensitivity issues, one must be concerned with the emotion of the response.

    February 2, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. patrice brown

    I never intended to vote for carol. She doesn't have ANYTHING to say about her accomplishments. She only have very negative things abt opponents. She does not show leadership qualities. NOT AT ALL.

    February 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Albo58

    NO WAY! Carol Mosely Braun is the perfect CBC example that continues to hurt the intelligence of anyone with an IQ over 50, but somehow Bill Clinton found her a perfect fit as one of our ambassadors! So perhaps her genius is just delayed at the moment!

    February 2, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. What?

    This brings mud-slinging to a whole new level.

    February 2, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. CBR

    Carol Mosely Braun has given others a reason not to vote for her. Even if somebody has been strung out on crack, which this woman was not, she should have answered the question to tell people what she had been doing. Another case of a politician not realizing that every word and deed is seen by the constituents and the media.

    February 2, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    LMAO – I am CRACKing up!!!

    When a person has come a long way and has already redeemed themselves – AND, they are ready to serve their community and can most likely help others who have also FELL – You DON'T call them a "Crack Head"...

    I do not know enough about anyone running in Chicago to say anymore – I only know Rahm Emanuel and he will win!

    February 2, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Part of the problem with a constant media is that you have to always watch what you say. In this case, it might be for the better. Rahm might have a hard time dealing with that as well.

    February 2, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    If I remember correctly, Mosley-Broun was an arrogant, ill-informed publicity hound as a senator. Why anyone would want her for mayor at a tough time like this is beyond me. With the current fiscal environment, the voters can't afford anything but competence.

    February 2, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |