Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson: Emanuel Trying To Split Black Vote

Craig Dellimore
April 26, 2018 - 3:46 pm
Willie Wilson

Willie Wilson (WBBM NEWSRADIO/Craig Dellimore)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson is accusing incumbent Rahm Emanuel of bankrolling so-called spoilers in the race.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

Wilson, the self-made millionaire, had some mixed messages. He said he welcomes all candidates but suggested there should be unity around one African-American candidate.

He suggested some African-American candidates may have gotten in just to split the black vote, though he wouldn’t be specific.

“Rahm is going to take and put money behind African American candidates to get into the race,” Wilson said Thursday.

The Emanuel Campaign is not addressing Wilson’s claims.

The field of mayoral hopefuls is getting crowded. The candidates include former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy and former Chicago schools boss Paul Vallas. Other African American candidates in the race include Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, educator Troy LaRaviere, activist Ja'-Mal Green and tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin.