Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in all kinds of trouble as her next election approaches.
Now she’s busy backpedaling after saying what was really on her mind.
And she is trying to get herself out of a tight spot after giving voters one jaw-dropping order.
Lori Lightfoot wants to make it clear to voters that she didn’t mean what she said, assuming what she said is going to hurt her career moving forward.
As Chicago descends into what some locals have described as a dystopian wasteland, Lightfoot is running a tough race for reelection.
In fact, Chicago’s former Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas, is currently leading the race with 32% of voter support according to a recent poll by M3 Strategies.
Lightfoot was ripping into him and US Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia when she told voters exactly how she felt.
Lightfoot is behind in this month’s mayor’s election
During a campaign event the mayor told South Side voters that anyone voting for “somebody not named Lightfoot is a vote for Chuy Garcia or Paul Vallas.”
“If you want them controlling your fate and your destiny, then stay home,” she added. “Then don’t vote.”
By the time Lightfoot showed up at Northeastern Illinois University to cast her ballot ahead of the February 28 election, she had realized attempting to shut down anyone who opposes her wasn’t a brilliant political move.
“If I said anything other than everybody everywhere needs to vote, then I misspoke in the heat of a campaign rally,” she claimed. “But I’ve been very consistent all along saying everybody everywhere needs to step up, and they need to vote just as I said today.”
No doubt, she still expects them to vote for her when they do show up.
Lightfoot’s opponents fully enjoyed the opportunity to come down on her hard for the ridiculous demand that everyone vote for her.
“Lori Lightfoot telling residents not to vote unless they vote for her shows that she cares more about maintaining power for herself than empowering communities or getting things done for the people of our city,” Brandon Johnson declared.
Johnson is currently a Cook County Commissioner and is also leading Lightfoot in the M3 Strategies poll with 18% of voters supporting him compared to 13.6% of voters backing the current mayor.
Meanwhile, a full 14% of voters haven’t decided who they’re going to settle for to run the Windy City.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.