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Sen. Hendon Abandons Mayoral Run



    Rickey Hendon

    State Sen. Rickey Hendon announced Friday that he's abandoning his intentions to run for mayor of Chicago.

    Hendon made the announcement at a 10 a.m. press event at City Hall.

    The Democrat, the Assistant Majority Leader serving the 5th District, recently caused a bit of controversy over his choice of words describing Sen. Bill Brady.

    Last month at an event for Gov. Pat Quinn, Hendon unleashed: 

      "I’ve served with Bill Brady. I’ve never served with such an idiotic, racist, sexist, homophobic person in my life. If you think that the minimum wage needs to be $3 an hour, vote for Bill Brady. If you think that women have no rights whatsoever except to have his children, vote for Bill Brady. If you think gay and lesbian people need to be locked up and shot in the head, vote for Bill Brady."

    Quinn disavowed the language.

    Papers for the race for mayor are able to be submitted beginning Nov. 15.  The last day to file is Nov. 22.