We were disappointed, but not entirely surprised, to learn that Daniel Biss made the decision to drop Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from his campaign. While we believe Carlos would have made an outstanding lieutenant governor of Illinois – as he has made an outstanding alderman of Chicago’s 35th Ward – we also believe that he is a man of strong principle and great humanity. The Biss campaign asked him to forsake those principles and abandon that humanity by repudiating his support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and Carlos refused. We would rather have him fighting for the poor, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized in Logan Square than compromised in the governor’s mansion, beholden to special interests and lobbying groups for the wealthy and powerful.
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America stand with Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and are proud that he is a member. DSA voted to support the BDS movement at our national convention here in Chicago this August by popular vote of the largest socialist organization in the United States. It is a peaceful and non-violent form of protest against unconscionable acts against an oppressed population, and it is to Carlos’ credit that he has supported its goals without consideration of political expediency or convenience.
It is truly unfortunate that Daniel Biss has dropped as a running mate a candidate whose commitments to working people and marginalized communities are clear. Meanwhile, we will continue to support our colleague and friend, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, as he continues to actually act on behalf of these communities.