Former mayoral candidate and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti is endorsing incumbent Rahm Emanuel in the runoff election.
Fioretti previously said he would vote for "anybody but Rahm" if a runoff were to take place, saying he would "support whoever the challenger is" because "Chicago is headed in the wrong direction under this mayor."
But Fioretti backtracked on that assertion earlier this month after speaking with the camps from both runoff candidates, leaving his endorsement options open.
In a statement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the alderman said his decision was swayed by the candidates' approaches to the city's fiscal woes:
We need a mayor that can dive in, rather than a mayor that wants to create a commission to look at the problem that his supporters say does not exist. The mayor and i disagree on many issues. . . . My endorsement is about which of these two candidates is ready and able to take on the tough financial challenges this city faces. For me, that candidate is Rahm.
Fioretti came in fourth in the February mayoral race, garnering a little over 7 percent of the vote.