Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is not taking her historic loss well. Lightfoot did not make the runoff election which was a massive blow to her huge ego. She never had any answers while mayor but she is full of excuses after losing.
She blamed her loss on her race and gender rather than the rise of crime that caused the city to turn on her. Asked by a reporter after her concession speech if she had been treated unfairly over the course of the campaign, she said, “I’m a black woman in America — of course.”
Lightfoot gave the same excuse as she was sinking in the polls. She said earlier: “I am a Black woman—let’s not forget. Certain folks, frankly, don’t support us in leadership roles.”
A longtime Lightfoot aide told a reporter about Lori’s doomed effort: “Lessons: You can’t run on a platform and then completely abandon it.
This really does epitomize Mayor Lightfoot’s problems over the past four years: She immediately threw away a relationship with a guy who had done a lot to help her, incentivizing him to run against her and sap her support. https://t.co/rpn5ntNNc2— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) March 1, 2023
“You can’t run against the status quo, and then fill your administration with the status quo. And you can’t be mean to everyone who tries to help you.”
According to Mediaite:
The electorate was apparently less hostile to black female leadership prior to Lightfoot’s mayoralty; the outgoing executive took gold during the first round of the 2019 election before cruising to victory with 73.7 percent of the vote in the runoff between herself and Toni Preckwinkle, also a black woman.
Lightfoot’s tenure has been plagued by a crime wave in the Windy City. In 2018, the last full year before Lightfoot’s tenure in office began, 579 homicides were recorded by the Chicago Police Department.
During her three full calendar years in office — 2020, 2021, and 2022 — 776, 802, and 668 people were murdered within the city limits. The 2021 figure marked a new high for the 21st century.