No candidate endorsed to replace Emanuel

January 10, 2009 4:40:49 PM PST
The fight to replace Rahm Emanuel in Congress will be waged without an endorsed Democratic candidate.The district's Democratic committeemen met Saturday and heard candidates who want the party endorsement, including 40th Ward Ald. Pat O'Connor and state Rep. John Fritchey.

State central committeeman James Deleo, an assistant Senate majority leader, presided. He said one reason nobody was endorsed is that the district, which is strongly Democratic, is very diverse.

"It's Hispanic. It's black. It's white. It's Polish. It's Italian. It's lakefront. It's O'Hare airport. It's suburban. It's one of the most diverse districts that I've ever seen in a congressional district. This district has everything. So, I think that it's kind of very hard to come to a consensus candidate," Deleo said.

Emanuel resigned so that he could become President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff.