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Gery Chico Asked for John McCain to Fundraise: GOP Source



    U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., leaves his polling station Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 in Phoenix after casting his vote in the Arizona primary election. McCain is being challenged by former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    File this under crazy, maybe true.

    Ward Room has learned that a top insider at the Gery Chico for Mayor campaign has reached out to the staff of Senator John McCain to see if McCain would help raise funds for Chico. That, according to a GOP source.

    The Chico campaign says not true.

    "I haven't heard that," said Chico Monday. "I'm from the neighborhoods of Chicago. You're talking about presidential people. I'm just trying to get on the ballot today."

    Chico's campaign spokesman Brooke Anderson reiterated that point, saying Chico was one of the first to hold a fundraiser for then Sen. Barack Obama. "The Chico campaign has not invited McCain to fundraise," he said.

    The Chicago mayoral election is technically non-partisan. The candidates do not declare a party affiliation. So, all else being equal, Republican money is just as good as Democrat money.

    As if to prove that point, Mayoral candidate Sen. James Meeks had former Republican candidate for governor Andy McKenna introduce him at his campaign announcement.