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Gutierrez Wants to be Mayor

By Amy Hart in News on May 9, 2006 2:30PM

2006_05_gutierrez.JPGAlthough US Representative Luis Gutierrez has not yet made a final decision as to whether or not he will challenge Mayor Daley in next year’s election, he is making it clear that he would “love to be mayor” of Chicago.

Yesterday Gutierrez spoke at a luncheon at the City Club of Chicago and criticized Daley for ongoing corruption and paying too much attention on issues such as an Olympic bid and Millennium Park when there are more important concerns, such as education and the financial stability of CTA, that need to be dealt with.

Gutierrez has been the point man in the recent debate on immigration reform, which has brought him national attention and increased popularity among a growing immigrant population.

Although Daley has not yet made up his mind whether he will run for re-election or not, we think he wants a chance to try to salvage his damaged reputation. And we hope Gutierrez does challenge Daley, as it would inject some much needed healthy competition into the mayoral race.