Mayor Daley today declined to ask embattled Lt. Gov. nominee Scott Lee Cohen to resign his nomination.
"People vote in elections. Everybody knew he was a pawnbroker," Daley said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "You knew. The media knew. Everybody knew that, right?"
The pawn broker-turned Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor has been dogged for days over allegations he abused anabolic steroids, went into fits of rage, sexually abused his then-wife, got behind in child support payments and held a knife to the throat of a former girlfriend, who happens to be a convicted prostitute.
As of Friday night, Cohen was allegedly seeking a "honorable" way to abdicate his nomation, according to a Sun-Times report citing an unnamed source.
Daley did not go as far as to say Cohen should remain on the November ballot but warned it's a complicated proposition to ask someone to step aside just because you don't like them.
"So anybody who's allegedly -- who's arrested and the case is thrown out, should not run for public office. Is that right? You want that done?" Daley said, according to the Tribune. "I'm just saying, it's a very complicated issue. It's much more complicated than you think it is. Just because I don't like a person, he or she should not," Daley said. "If I did that, you would write editorials that the mayor is a boss, he's a dictator. That he's telling people who got elected in the primary that they should not be going to the general election."