CHICAGO (CBS) — With less than a week until the runoff election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel picked up more endorsements from black leaders on Wednesday, including from a state lawmaker who a year ago accused the mayor of failing the city on violent crime.
Among the black lawmakers throwing their support behind Emanuel was state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), who just months ago was highly critical of the mayor and Chicago Police Department over gun violence.
However, Dunkin said Emanuel is doing a better job since then, and he questioned challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s agenda.
“Yes, I have been critical, but I think it’s proven the mayor has grown. I’ve grown. We see things a little differently, and quite frankly, I don’t know what Chuy’s plan is,” he said.
Dunkin said he thinks the mayor is doing a better job of engaging the community in the months since he ripped Emanuel for failing to live up to his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 more police officers, and questioned the accuracy of Police Department data showing historic drops in crime.
“You see him engage a little differently; better. He’s out in the communities. I think he’s listening. This is my opinion. He’s listening better. He is approaching the city, approaching his work … much better than he was, I would say, several years ago,” Dunkin said Wednesday.