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Mayor Emanuel won't back expelled ex-Rep. Derrick Smith, declines to endorse Smith's rival

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel opposes expelled, indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith's election, but that doesn't equate to an endorsement of Smith's third-party opponent.
"The mayor is doing everything he can to re-elect the president which requires a great deal of the time he can dedicate to politics right now. He does not think Mr. Smith deserves to be re-elected," said Tom Bowen, executive director of Emanuel's political fund, The Chicago Committee.
Pressed on whether that means Emanuel is prepared to endorse Lance Tyson, who is backed by Secretary of State Jesse White, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and other Democratic Party leaders, Bowen demurred.
"Will just stick with the [the] statement for now," Bowen answered.
Smith was expelled from the Illinois House in August after being indicted on a federal bribery charge for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant in exchange for helping a purported daycare operator obtain a state grant.

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