There’s at least one prominent Illinois Democrat who won't be endorsing Rahm Emanuel for the mayor of Chicago: Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, told Charlie Rose on Monday that if Mayor Richard
Daley does not seek re-election in the Windy City, he would like to run. His
statement confirmed what many in politics had already believed, and Emanuel
acknowledged that his aspiration was "no secret."
"He’s not to get my endorsement anytime soon. He should stay in the White House, but then he can
go make millions in investment banking," Gutierrez said, referencing the Wall Street job Emanuel held between his post in the Clinton White House and his run for Congress in 2002.
Gutierrez, a Latino leader who has represented Chicago in the House since 1992, has
criticized Emanuel’s performance as chief of staff and has expressed anger at
what he sees as a lackluster push by the Obama administration for comprehensive
The 56-year-old lawmaker has also considered running for mayor himself, but in the interview he insisted he is not going to be leaving Congress any time soon.