CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have fired Garry McCarthy, but the former police superintendent will not go quietly, as he considers running for mayor against his ex-boss Rahm Emanuel.
It’s been a little more than two years since McCarthy was fired in the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald video release and subsequent firestorm. The former top cop says he’s now being recruited to run for mayor – but won’t say by whom.
An exploratory committee looking into whether McCarthy could run (and win) has been formed, and McCarthy admits he met recently with political consultant Joe Trippi in Chicago. The consultant is credited with helping get Doug Jones elected to the Alabama Senate seat over Roy Moore.
“We are raising money to do some serious polling to figure out where we are, which will help me make a decision,” McCarthy said by phone. “The bottom line is I can’t stand by to see what’s going on in this city. It’s not in my DNA.”
McCarthy says the city’s crime strategy has not been working since he left.