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Chicago icon Mike Ditka announced his endorsement for Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti. Chicago 89 WLS covered the former Bears coach’s announcement.

Speaking ahead of a small fundraiser at Ditka’s Steakhouse in the Gold Coast neighborhood Tuesday, Ditka, who is known to back Republicans, told reporters that the race isn’t about politics.

“Forget about your politics,” Ditka said. “Politics are nothing. We see it in national government, we see it in state government and we see it in city government so put that behind you.”

He maintained the endorsement was not about having a “beef” with current Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, but made the statement “I think anything is better than what we have.” Ditka also contributed $2500 to the Fioretti campaign.

Ditka lives in Florida, but maintains a residence in Chicago.

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