Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti, who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015 and lost a longshot bid to unseat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle earlier this year, has amended his political campaign committee to indicate he’s again running for mayor.
Fioretti would mark the 16th candidate looking to replace Emanuel, who announced in September he would not seek re-election.
But in an interview, Fioretti said he hasn’t made a “final decision” to run, though he said he isn’t impressed by the other candidates.
“All I hear is the same old, same old from the same people who got us into this mess,” Fioretti said.
At the time Emanuel bowed out, the field was crowded with challengers, including former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and millionaire businessman Willie Wilson.
Since Emanuel’s surprise announcement, prominent politicians including Preckwinkle, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, City Hall veteran Gery Chico and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza have declared their candidacies.
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Fioretti was a noted Emanuel critic on the City Council, though he endorsed the mayor against Cook County commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after failing to make the runoff.
At the time, Fioretti acknowledged his backing of Emanuel came as he sought to retire substantial debt owed to his mayoral campaign. Emanuel said he would help Fioretti raise money, but both the mayor and the alderman said that had nothing to do with the endorsement.
Fioretti finished fourth in 2015 with roughly 7 percent of the vote, behind Emanuel, Garcia and Wilson.
During his campaign against Preckwinkle earlier this year, Fioretti portrayed himself as an anti-tax reformer in an attempt to capitalize on backlash over Preckwinkle’s soda tax. He was not successful.
Though Preckwinkle handily defeated Fioretti, some political observers have noted that Fioretti garnered about 40 percent of the vote and said it’s a sign the pop tax continues to resonate against her.
Fioretti said he believes he can get the signatures needed to get on the ballot and wouldn’t discuss policy specifics.