A coalition of black leaders in Chicago has backed off supporting the mayoral bid of former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and has chosen to endorse Rep. Danny Davis instead, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.
“I’m ready to run,” the Illinois Democrat told the newspaper Saturday, after being re-elected to an eighth term in the House on Tuesday.
The group of politicians and religious and community leaders selected Davis late Friday as its choice for mayor, even though it announced last month that it was deciding between Moseley Braun and Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers.
Alderman Walter Burnett, the coalition’s chairman, said Davis impressed members during a meeting Friday. “Carol was highly considered,” he told the newspaper. “But with Danny’s interview, his grasp of city government, his international relationships — dealing with Chicago as a global city — it gave him some different appeal.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.