Willie Wilson For President?
Almost three months after his failed run for mayor of Chicago, multi-millionaire businessman Willie Wilson announced his bid for the White House.
Wilson filed papers to form an exploratory committee to run for president in 2016.
“Why should I sit on the sidelines when this country, America’s been so good to me and I can afford to get out there and help,” Wilson told ABC 7.
Wilson, who has never held public office, finished third in the first round vote for mayor of Chicago in February. He says his experience leading a successful global medical supply company proves he can run the nation.
“Those people are the same as we are here,” Wilson said. “We want the same things.”
Wilson says he’ll leave the city this spring to begin his campaign. He will focus on early primary states and the South.
He will run as a Democrat, but claims to represent people as opposed to the party. Wilson says that’s the biggest difference between himself and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“I’m serious about it,” he told ABC 7. “If I get into it, I’ll get into it to win. And I’ll win because the heart says I’m trying to do what’s right.”
Wilson plans to ask for donations via a website that will be launched this week.