Has Lori Lightfoot‘s time as Chicago mayor finally run its course?
Crime in Chicago has spiked considerably during Lightfoot’s three years in office.
She has consistently found herself in opposition of police and teacher’s unions.
She’s verbally been abusive to reporters.
Enough may finally be enough according to the Chicago Tribune, who report that Lightfoot is already on the defensive for her potential upcoming reelection campaign.
Barely less than a year before the municipal Election Day, several challengers are already lining up against Lightfoot.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza, a former ally of Lightfoot, had this to say of Lightfoot’s turbulent three years:
“I have never met anybody who has managed to piss off every single person they come in contact with — police, fire, teachers, aldermen, businesses, manufacturing.”
Lightfoot has burned almost every bridge with the citizens of Chicago.
The effort that it would take to regain their trust may not be possible, especially for someone as maligned as Lightfoot.
As Chicago’s 2023 election cycle launches, Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces major challenges. She’s polling badly amid high crime and fatigue over her constant conflict with practically everyone. Our story @chicagotribune explores the landscape https://t.co/gjpmO0yWnq
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) April 14, 2022
The Chicago Tribune has the latest from the disgraced Chicago mayor, who is now forced to play defense:
As Mayor Lori Lightfoot gears up for her expected reelection campaign after three tumultuous years, she finds herself in a familiar position: on the defensive.
Lightfoot the rookie politician won in 2019 in part because of her credentials as an outsider, but Lightfoot the incumbent does not have that advantage. And in just the past eight days — still more than 10 months before the municipal Election Day — two candidates have announced plans to run for mayor with expectations several more will join the field.
During her three-plus years in office, Lightfoot has faced spikes in crime, hasn’t run as transparent an administration as promised, and engaged in constant fights with unions representing Chicago teachers and police — all while struggling to forge good relationships with politicians or leaders in the city’s business community.
“I have never met anybody who has managed to piss off every single person they come in contact with — police, fire, teachers, aldermen, businesses, manufacturing,” Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th, a onetime close Lightfoot ally said recently in explaining why she wouldn’t endorse the mayor for reelection. “I said it. That’s it. I don’t care.”
Lightfoot has been a disgrace as mayor.
Don’t tell her that, however.
She believes otherwise:
Look no further if you need an example of a disgraceful administration. – Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Is Asked How She Can Consider Running for Reelection After All the Harm She Has Caused pic.twitter.com/YuU5yijcMq
— Alexandra Datig | Front Page Index 🇺🇸 (@alexdatig) April 20, 2022
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s reelection campaign has her on defense https://t.co/ovdFxkCv4j
— SUUTAN (@suutancom) April 14, 2022
— Craig Wall ABC 7 (@craigrwall) April 20, 2022
Despite everything, Lightfoot does appear to be laying the groundwork for her reelection campaign according to ABC7 Chicago:
“I’d rather have a casino, have some traffic than have some people in my ward moving out of their houses because they can’t afford their property taxes,” said Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. of the 27th Ward.
As for her reelection bid, Lightfoot would only say the announcement is coming soon.
“And like any good gardener, when you plant the seeds, you till the soil, you watch the shoots rise up from the garden you want to be there to reap the harvest. So soon is soon,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot likened her reelection to that of a gardener planting seeds…
Just what kind of seeds has Lightfoot planted though?..
Maybe those seeds were sown when she threatened to take people to jail over breaking COVID protocol?
— ✨👑 DaddyMO👑✨🏁 (@therealdaddymo1) May 4, 2020
Or maybe they were sown after yet another violent weekend in Chicago?
Fourteen people were shot, one of them fatally, Friday into Sunday morning in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago. https://t.co/RYH1tF1QGr
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 17, 2022
Let’s hope her time as mayor is truly almost up:
One term mayor
— Beto Delgado (@addelgado) April 15, 2022