Fioretti Hedges On Endorsing Garcia, After Calling For “United Front” Against Emanuel

CHICAGO (CBS) — If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was hoping for a united front from among his fellow challengers now that he’s in a head-to-head runoff against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, it might take some work.

Just hours before the election, mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti — the outgoing alderman of the 2nd Ward — was assuring reporters he wanted to see the “anybody but Rahm” movement stick, regardless of which candidate ended up in a runoff with the mayor.

“All of us that were challenging this administration had one goal: to replace the mayor,” he said. “I hope we can all come together, sit down right after the election, and then make a united front against this administration, and the way this city’s been going.”

After it was clear Garcia would be the one facing Emanuel in a runoff, Fioretti issued a nebulous statement about any possible endorsement.

“I will not make a decision until I think about which candidate will help move Chicago forward,” he said. “We need someone that can make tough choices in the next months and years.”

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