Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia leaves the door open for another mayoral run – Crain’s Chicago Business

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The 10-minute phone call was supposed to be about tomorrow’s U.S. House vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, a major climate change/tax policy bill, and U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D, IL-04) did not disappoint, conceding that Washington progressives have discovered the glories of compromise.

But the real news from Garcia: He’s still leaving the door open to a run for mayor, even though there’s reason to believe that, in the end, he’ll take a pass.

Asked if he’s going to join the field that now amounts to an official nine candidates, Garcia replied, “I will say that I’m getting a lot of calls from folks urging me to do it, [saying] that I’m in an excellent position to form a broad coalition.” 

Translation: the left wing still hasn’t found its champion.

But will you run, congressman?

“I want to get through this vote on Friday, and then try to sort out everything around us and where I can best serve.”

That sounds like you’re leaving the door open. Are you? 

Reply: “I won’t shut it [now]. But I find my work in Washington to be exhilarating and exciting.”

So is Garcia seriously interested and playing a little Harold Washington-style rope-a-dope with potential supporters to flush out possible donors and backers? Or does he just like to get his name out there? Or both?

As the expression goes, stay tuned.

Meanwhile, on the Inflation Reduction Act vote, Garcia said he agrees with colleague Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. that progressives didn’t get much of what they wanted.

Still, the bill now awaiting final action “is a critical step forward,” with huge incentives to convert to clean energy and things such as electric vehicles, the ability for Medicare to bargain the price on some key medications and a 15% minimum tax on profits of large corporations, he said.

Are progressives who usually want it all actually mellowing? Says Garcia, “There’s a larger share of realism that’s gotten us here,” Garcia said. “But we remain committed to fight on another day.”

Elsewhere in the race for mayor: Ald. Sophia King, 4th, who announced her candidacy on Wednesday, has signed up a couple of A-list consultants to work on her campaign, Pete Giangreco and Aviva Bowen. That suggests King has lined up some pretty fair commitments for campaign cash.

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August 11, 2022 at 06:59AM

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