Below, statement from Chicago mayoral hopeful Gery Chico on Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) dropping out of the race. Says Chico, in referencing rivals Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of Staff and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), ""My two major opponents are Washington D.C. politicians. I served as chief-of-staff to the mayor in Chicago." Chico ran for the Senate in 2004, defeated in the Senate Democratic primary by Barack Obama. Washington wasn't looking so bad to him back then.
From Chico: "Regardless of who gets in or out of this race, I am the only candidate with a Chicago resume that is built for mayor.
"My two major opponents are Washington D.C. politicians. I served as chief-of-staff to the mayor in Chicago. I served as president of Chicago Public Schools in Chicago. I served as president of the Chicago Park District in Chicago. I served as chairman of the City Colleges in Chicago.
"I succeeded in every public service position I held because I built coalitions across ethnic and racial lines. That will be the type of leadership I bring to this campaign and to the mayor's office. I have the best story to tell and the resources to tell it."