Chico stood with the minister at his Humboldt Park New Life Covenant Church to receive the endorsement. De Jesus had been running for mayor, but did not register any sizeable support in the Tribune’s last poll. In a statement from the Chico campaign, De Jesus said he is backing Mayor Daley’s former chief of staff and Board of Education president because he feels Chico is the most qualified for the job. De Jesus said that the two share a commitment to jobs, fighting poverty and homelessness.
The Sun-Times adds: "De Jesus was losing his battle to prove he had gathered enough signatures to stay on the ballot and a Board of Elections hearing officer recommended he be removed."
In 2009, Daley considered appointing Jesus to the vacant 26th Ward alderman seat. De Jesus' candidacy was promoted by the outgoing alderman but later rejected by Daley after heated opposition from Chicago's LGBT leaders. The previous year, De Jesus made national headlines with his opposition to Chicago's proposed gay high school.
Two major mayoral candidates also withdrew in the past two weeks: Veteran progressive/pro-equality Rep. Danny Davis and outspoken anti-gay mega-church pastor and Illinois State Sen. James T. Meeks, who was the only black legislator voting against the recent landmark vote on civil unions.
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