Clergyman to Rev. Jackson: Don't interfere in mayor's race

December 31, 2010 (CHICAGO)

The call came from the Reverend Gregory Daniels, chairman of United Voters for Truth and Change. He referred to Jackson's meeting Tuesday with the two major African-American mayoral candidates, U.S. Representative Danny Davis and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

Jackson, who is president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, urged Davis and Braun to unify behind one black candidate, but each declined to withdraw.

Daniels stressed that Chicago should have the best mayor, regardless of race.

"We feel that Jesse Jackson is an important figure in the country. But locally, he is interfering. And he should let the people involved deal with that. So we ask him, please: in the name of human decency, stay away from the mayor's race," said Rev. Daniels.

Jackson was unavailable for comment on Daniels' remarks.

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