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Chicago Thu Oct 14 2010

BREAKING: Gutierrez Declines Mayoral Run

After some hype, Congressman Luis Gutierrez has decided not to run for mayor. Details are few now but it's worth noting that he and Sheriff Tom Dart had a private meeting very recently when it looked like Gutierrez was planning to announce a run today.

UPDATE: Here's the statement from Rahm Emanuel:

Luis and I are friends who worked together on important issues for Chicago as colleagues in Congress. He has always brought passion and ideas to the conversation about the city's future, and while he has announced that he is not running for Mayor, he will continue to be a respected leader with a powerful voice in our community. As we discussed today on the phone, we look forward to continuing to work together as we strive for the best way to address our city's challenges.

SECOND UPDATE: Via The Washington Independent. Gutierrez's statement is below the fold.

When I make important decisions I try to think about Roberto Clemente.

Roberto Clemente had everything. A great career. A rifle arm. A big contract. Fans who adored him.

And yet, he risked it all to help others. He made a decision that was entirely unselfish. A decision about the greater good of his people. He took on the dictator of Nicaragua, got on a small plane, overloaded with relief supplies, flew into a storm - and gave his life for others.

I'm not here to compare myself to Clemente. Not at all. Few people will ever earn that comparison. But I am here to say that as I think about making a decision like running for Mayor of Chicago, I try to learn by his example.

And the example he set was this: when you make a decision, do it based on what is best for your people.

I love the City of Chicago. I would love to be Mayor of the city of Chicago, and I believe I could do great things for people. For Latinos, for African-Americans, for immigrants, for gays and lesbians, for every person in Chicago wants a better future for themselves and their families.

I believe I could make a difference.

And I believe our campaign is in very strong shape. We have lots of funding, and commitments for more. We have plenty of signatures on petitions. We have enthusiasm and support and volunteers. We have a poll that says we are in a very strong position and that the Latino community in particular would rally to my candidacy.

It's an exciting and important opportunity.

And so I have weighed that excitement and that opportunity and that possibility alongside of my current opportunity. And my current obligation.

I'm honored to serve in Congress. My constituents have sent me back many times. I take their trust seriously. I'm humbled by it.

And across this nation, immigrants are counting on me too. The people I've talked about today in detail. The people I've met in Jersey City and Tampa, in El Paso and San Jose, in Cleveland and Phoenix.

Today, our immigrant community is under attack - but we're fighting back. And I am fortunate enough to be on the frontlines of the battle. Fortunate to stand up for families that are being torn apart and moms and dads who are being deported. To have a direct line to the President of the United States to say "you have to do more." To go to Phoenix to say "what you are doing here in unjust and must be stopped." To walk the streets of Pilsen and Little Village and give people hope. To debate anti-immigrant leaders wherever we find them - from the ballot box to the television talk shows.

It's a tough time for those of us who believe in fairness for immigrants. But history is not written by those who give up.

And history is not written by those who change battles in the middle of the fight.

Today I tell you that I have an obligation to all of my constituents and all of the immigrant families I have met and learned from across this country. I have an obligation to not give up the fight for fairness, for justice and for finally passing comprehensive immigration reform.

I have an obligation not to give up on the fight I've already begun.

I have unfinished business to complete.

So I will not be a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago.

This is an extremely difficult decision, and I thank with all my heart the people who have been working so hard and supporting my candidacy.

But it is a decision I make knowing it is the right thing to do. There is one and only one reason I am not running -- I'm already engaged in the most important battle I can commit my energy and time and devotion to winning. I am one-hundred percent committed to fighting for fairness and justice for immigrants, and to continue the battle for comprehensive immigration reform.

Standing up for immigrants, and finishing this battle, and winning this fight is far more important than whatever personal disappointment I might feel in not making the race for Mayor of the city of Chicago.

I love Chicago. I've reached out to other candidates today to tell them I'm not running and to wish them well. I will be engaged in this race and will still be a voice for fairness for all of the people of Chicago. For jobs. For better schools. For safe streets.

But I will be that voice while I continue my obligations as Congressman and my crusade for comprehensive immigration reform.

I know today - that even though I believe we would have mounted a great campaign, an important campaign, a winning campaign - this is the right decision for the people I represent and for people who count on me.

So I thank you. Today is not the end of a fight - it's the continuation of a struggle for justice - and I invite all of you to join me in this very important crusade. Because with all of you - together - we will win.

Thank you very much.

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Francis / October 15, 2010 4:51 PM

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada will certainly force through another illegal alien Amnesty, if he is returned to power. The Heritage Foundation has calculated that passing this law will cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion dollars. This amount will be added to the $13 Trillion, we already owe foreign Nations. Google--Illegal alien costs then judge for yourself and then come to a decision who to vote back into office. Senator Boxer (D-CA); Sen. Feingold (D-WI); Senator Murkoski (R-AK) Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) Speaker Pelosi, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Jerry Brown; Charlie Crist; and Andrew Cuomo. (Cuomo effected the collapse of the real estate market). US Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

All are involved--one way or another--taking jobs from citizens and residents. Perhaps all these elected officials should ask Michael D. Andronovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor, the cost for welfare benefits for illegal alien children in the month of June. No wonder this California Sanctuary City has to folk out that month $48.000.000 dollars. That was 2009, when projected the cost would be $575 million dollars? Can anybody even estimate this expenditure, for just the children of illegal aliens for 2010? Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars.All these politicians have poor immigration records when voting and because of the money involved should be removed. Most would let illegal aliens access to your Social Security entitlements and are already federally funding Sanctuary Cities and States to the detriment of taxpayers.

All Liberal Democrats lawmakers have this agenda, including Governors, Mayors, Police chiefs and elected officials. Harry Reid has the 2nd highest jobless rates, next to foreclosures and an out-of-control welfare entitlement program. This powerful Senator did nothing to stop the illegal aliens pouring into the Silver State and then become public recipients of free health care and education. Hundreds of billions are being extracted from your wallet, to support millions of illegal nationals who are little or no education, and have become a liability to our country. Use your favorite search engine and check out your own States support of illegal aliens. An example could be--Nevada--illegal alien costs. Google---Illegal alien costs; health care; education; hospitals; voter fraud; Social Security; Use the the keyword illegal alien and learn the astronomical costs to taxpayers.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--are the Tea Party and will not be manipulated by the Liberal-Democrats extremists, Republicans elites, open-border or special interests to influence its leadership. Be prepared to see nefarious voting activities as the "Honor System" cannot be trusted anymore, which includes absentee balloting in close races. Fraudulent ID has become abundant by illegal aliens to steal jobs from Americans, so voting although a federal violation causes no concern to these people. Nevada where Reid and Angle are running neck to neck, must be scrutinized for voter irregularities, as is a massive community statewide of foreign nationals.

From a commentary found in "The Hill" website indicates the following, " RAMPANT VOTER FRAUD IN HOUSTON. …Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Steve Caddle, who also works for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures.

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