Daniel Biss drops running mate Carlos Ramirez-Rosa in governor's race

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
llinois Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, speaks to lawmakers while on the Senate floor at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- State Senator Daniel Biss announced he had dropped his running mate, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, in his bid for Illinois governor.

The Evanston Democrat had selected Ramirez-Rosa to run alongside him in the Democratic Primary. But last week, Congressman Brad Schneider pulled his support of Biss, citing Ramirez-Rosa's support of the BDS Movement, a group that calls for boycotts of companies that do business with Israel.

Carlos Ramirez Rosa

In a statement, Biss said that when he initially chose Ramirez-Rosa as a running mate, he did not hold that view of BDS.

While I respect his right to come to his own conclusions on the issue, it simply wasn't the understanding we shared when I asked him to join the ticket. In light of this, we have agreed that I will be moving forward with a new running mate. It was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision," Biss said in the statement.

A new running mate will be announced at a later date.