Dr. Willie Wilson, a potential candidate for Chicago mayor who's had his ballot signatures challenged, wants a chance to face his accuser.
The doctor, owner of a multi-million dollar medical supply business who also produces a weekly-syndicated gospel TV show, on Tuesday morning was to hold a press conference announcing the issuance of a subpoena for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to appear at a Dec. 23 Board of Elections hearing.
The mayor has challenged the validity of thousands of Wilson's nominating papers after the businessman came up with 43,000 signatures in just five days. Candidates need 12,500 valid signatures to qualify for a spot on the election ballot and Emanuel’s campaign says 35,000 of Wilson’s 43,000 signatures should be tossed out.
Wilson said Emanuel's objection to his candidacy is racially motivated and that the mayor should attend the hearing to answer questions about his objections.
Emanuel's other challengers include Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.