Meeks Under Pressure To Leave Mayoral Race

CHICAGO (WBBM) — While Rahm Emanuel’s candidacy for mayor is moving forward, another mayoral contender is under pressure to drop out.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the three African-American candidates in the race – former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), and state Sen. Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago) – reportedly got together Wednesday, trying once again to unite behind a consensus candidate.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Davis tells the Chicago Sun-Times they discussed poll results and “their chances of being successful in the election.”

A source familiar with the talks says if any of the three is to drop out, it is likely to be Meeks. He stumbled last week with a comment that only African-Americans should qualify for contracts set aside for women and minorities.

Speaking in an interview on WVON radio, Meeks’ exact words were: “I think that the word minorities from our standpoint should mean African-Americans. I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title.”

Spokesman Bryan Zises later told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine Friday that Meeks meant to say African-Americans are lagging far behind minority- and women-owned businesses when it comes to the set-aside program. He said Meeks believes African-American firms need extra help when it came to bidding on city jobs.

The spokesman denies Meeks is dropping out of the race.


    Meeks is an ignorant ass, It would be a disgrace to the people of the City of Chicago to potentially have someone like him as Mayor. Please do us all a favor and drop out of the race.

  • Don Snafio

    Meeks is a racist pig. Let him stay in and lose. Then he can blame it on being a minority.

  • Laura

    MONEY is what will get Emanuel elected. Just like his “buddy” Obama. Both of them saw to it that Rezko took the fall for them by keeping his mouth shut about his business dealings with the Obamas and Emanuel. Rezko has millions in hush-money waiting for him when he is released from jail.
    Both Meeks and Braun are totally racist. Who can forget Braun’s openly racist comments about whites when Daly was elected.
    I think Davis is the best candidate. He actually has an intelligent plan to pay the city’s bills and get through this mess of an economy.
    But Braun won’t drop out because she’s not only racist, but an arrogant racist.
    I feel sorry for Chicagoans.

  • Mike Leahy

    He is a BIGOT, and I ain’t got no stomach for bigots.

  • Jen Zak

    Every time Meeks opens his mouth I cringe .I don’t appreciate having to listen to a sermon every time he talks he never has a normal conversation, he’s always preaching. He has no plans for Chicago, no vision. And needs to remove himself.

    • ImBlackAndProudBut....

      I’m with you on that Jen! Whenever he speaks I can’t get to my remote fast enough to turn. What you should do is read this clown’s statements and you be amazed to find just how clueless he is. He’s a showboat that craves power (mayor’s seat, his state senate seat, etc.) you can see it in his beady eyes. ugh

  • China White

    I’m Black and I’m voting for Rahm. I don’t believe anyone else has what it takes to run this city.

  • Lakeview Greg

    Looks like its boiling down to Davis and Emanuel.
    I hate to ask, but has ANY Republican popped up for the race yet?

    • ImBlackAndProudBut....

      Lakeview Greg you make an excellent point.

      • CS

        Even an Independent could run and there are more of them in Chicago than Republicans

  • streamwood bill

    The guy is Toast! Finished up, spent, impotent, all of the above. He is, however, adept at garnering his loyal support in his $$$$ Church. that’s where he belongs….raking in the bucks while the community suffers in this recession. If he couldn’t help his community, how could you expect him to help the greater Chicago citizenry? He should drop out and then that Braun (corruption prone) candidate will follow.

  • FR

    Everyone including Meeks should be free to run, and anyone who truely wants to do an honest and good job without worrying about special interests and without greed can do a good job as mayor.

  • Democratic By Birth, Conservative at heart.

    It’s not just the fact that these “manufactured leaders” as King will call them, continue to disgrace politics. The African American politicians in Chicago Mayor race. Seems to further diminish Chicago politics not as if it needs any help. The question should be who elected Meeks as a senator, is this not a waste of tax payers money. or is it the Chicago way to allow anyone to become a representation of US politically are the views of this guy really a reflection of who we are politically. if not then he should not be representing our state. Or is this just Chicago Politics he did share the stage with the most recent elected Governor.

  • Same old song and dance

    The city and the state are in the whole they are in due to crooked politicians and the special interest groups that help them get elected. This will not change with this election. I do not see anyone in this race who is any less of a crooked politician than those that got us into this mess.

  • SOS&D

    the Whole Hole.

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