Chicago Black Leaders Wary of Rahm Emanuel

October 8, 2010  |  

(AP) — Black ministers, politicians and business leaders are scrambling to unify their community behind a single candidate in Chicago’s wide-open mayoral race, which already features former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, as many as four congressmen and a sheriff among those considering a run. So many potential candidates have surfaced – at least a dozen in the black community alone – that many fear the black vote could be widely split, ruining a chance to exercise the kind of influence that helped elect Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983.

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