The Chicago Mayoral Election is heating up, with Election Day tomorrow, April 7, 2015!
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is running for mayor against President Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff and the incumbent mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
In case you missed our article last week, a Chicago Tribune poll showed Chuy Garcia down by 28 points, which doesn’t look good for him.
However, Garcia got a last minute endorsement from a progressive ally – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Especially after all the negative attack ads from Emanuel’s campaign, can a Senator from Vermont give Garcia the bump he needs to win the race?
A New Direction for Chicago Politics
Senator Bernie Sanders, who may throw his name into the Democratic contenders for the 2016 Presidential Election, doesn’t have much “Rahm Love”. He stated in the Chicago Sun Times article that “we need a new politics… that represents the needs of ordinary Americans, so not just the very wealthy” and also called for a “revolution in politics.” And, in this race, Sanders endorsed Garcia as the guy to do that.
Many of Rahm Emanuel’s critics are saying that his bid for mayor is being financed by “mega-wealthy donors writing jumbo checks to his campaign.” According to Sanders and SEIU Illinois PAC, it’s time to focus on the working-class people.
Senator Bernie Sanders: the Next President of the United States?
While Bernie Sanders heads to Chicago to support Chuy Garcia’s race, his stop will also include a fundraiser – maybe to help gear up a 2016 presidential bid. His trip will also include stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Austin.
And, as many Presidential-hopefuls do, Senator Sanders has been spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire, five and nine different trips, respectively, in 2015.
As you know, Bernie Sanders is a registered Independent. As we’ve seen in the past, third party candidates typically don’t do as well as Democrats or Republicans. However, Sanders has said that he will not run as an Independent to act as a “spoiler” and help “elect some right-wing Republican.”
Of course, he will still hold on to the values he fights for every day in Congress – “taking on the billionaire class, Wall Street, drug companies, military industrial complex and all the elements of the ruling class of America.”