A Chicago mayoral candidate received a high-profile endorsement as the crowded race for mayor inches closer to Election Day.
Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Bill Daley for mayor as the duo discussed climate change and Daley’s climate policy for Chicago Friday afternoon.
"I have worked with and certainly experienced the leadership of mayors all over this country," Gore said Friday in Chicago. "I feel like I’ve come to learn quite a bit about what it takes to be a successful mayor and I’ve certainly learned a lot about the tremendous difference that a successful mayor can make in the city he or she leads."
"Bill Daley will be a great mayor of Chicago," he said.
Daley recently canceled his appearance at a mayoral forum with FOX32 and the Lincoln Forum to instead attend a 20-minute endorsement session with the Local 130 Plumbers union. After the televised debate, the Daley campaign said he plans to attend a second interview taping Friday with several of the other candidates.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board announced its endorsement of Lori Lightfoot Friday. The former Chicago Police Board president was also recently endorsed by the Equality Illinois PAC.
“It’s a great honor to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Voters don’t want a Chicago machine candidate. This race is about whether we’re resigned to the broken past or resolved to fight for something more. It’s about shining a light on the corruption and backroom deals that haven’t served us. It’s a race that’s rattled by corruption scandals in a city that’s sick and tired of the old Chicago way.”