An exploratory committee to gauge the mayoral chances of former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was formed Wednesday, records show.
Paperwork was filed with the Illinois Election Commission by The Garry McCarthy For Mayor Exploratory Committee.
McCarthy was the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department between 2011 and 2016. He was ousted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
McCarthy was not immediately available for comment.
Neither the committee chairman nor treasurer responded to phone messages Thursday afternoon.
Last April, McCarthy said “a lot of people” are encouraging him to run for mayor in 2019, but politics is “not in my DNA” and he’s “not very good at that.”
McCarthy has been vocal since Emanuel fired him in December 2016, saying he had become “a distraction” in the aftermath of the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
“The problem in Chicago is not the police,” he said in April. “It’s illegitimate government. It’s politics. It’s doing the same things that we’ve always done and expecting different results. Which I believe Einstein said is insanity.”
McCarthy has also called the Justice Department report on Chicago Police Department tactics — issued in the waning days of the Obama administration — “politically motivated” and off base.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.