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Former Newsmax reporter William J. Kelly brutally grilled Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot during a press conference Tuesday, asking her how she could even consider running for re-election after the harm she has caused the city in connection to skyrocketing crime rates.
He informed Lightfoot that she always begins her press conferences touting that crime is down and the economy is booming. She asserted that wasn’t true and then asked him to state his question, perhaps not realizing that she had sparred with this particular reporter before and it blew up in her face as well. Suffice it to say that Kelly has been a thorn in her side when exposing Lightfoot’s actions as mayor.
“Across the street, we had a police officer on duty the victim of a hit and run. We have Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, now referred to as the Mile of Fear. The Water Tower place has thrown the keys back to the lender, they say they don’t want to be in Chicago anymore. Real Chicagoans are asking me how could you possibly even consider running for re-election as mayor of the city of Chicago after all the harm you’ve caused,” Kelly told the mayor.
Lightfoot tried to deadpan her answer, replying, “Well I disagree with you fundamentally and I don’t think I need to address and dignify your comments one second further… next question.”
A reporter questioned Mayor Lightfoot during a presser. He said to her, everytime you have a press conference you say crime is down & our economy is booming. Chicagoans are asking, how can you consider for re-election after all the harm you’ve caused? Boom! She’s such a nasty 🧙🏻♂️
— Domenica D'Elia (@domenicadelia22) April 21, 2022
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Kelly was not phased by the brush-off and asked Lightfoot who she would be facing in a re-election bid.
“I am not focused on any of the other people who are saying that they’re gonna run for mayor,” she said, expertly dodging the question. “What I’m focused on a day-to-day basis is doing my job, doing the job that people elected me to do.”
Lightfoot has not officially announced running for re-election but has made a rash of public appearances evidently laying the groundwork for doing so.
She defended her record on Tuesday and seemingly hinted at a run, “I will challenge you to find another mayor who has had to address the kinds of challenges that I have in the last three years. I don’t think you’re gonna find it because it’s an unprecedented set of challenges: A pandemic, historic economic meltdown, civic unrest, spiking violence … all happening within about a six-month period.”
Lightfoot on her reelection plans:
“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.”
Well, @chicagosmayor, if you plant pebbles, you are unlikely to harvest potatoes.
— Chicago Contrarian (@ChicagoContrar1) April 20, 2022
The mayor spoke in front of the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, claiming that Chicago was set to experience “the best economic recovery of any big city in the nation, bar none,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a narrative out there that our city is headed in the wrong direction. That noise is completely belied by these objective data points, which show a very robust economy that is creating jobs and opportunity,” the mayor disingenuously claimed.
She did mention the crime rate but insisted that it was “trending in the right direction,” just as she has done repeatedly in the past.
At least 14 people were shot, including one fatally, in Chicago over Easter weekend. No suspects were taken into custody according to police.
BREAKING: 14 shot, one fatally, Friday through Sunday morning in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.
— Ben Owen (@hrkbenowen) April 18, 2022
In 2019, the year that Lightfoot became mayor, Chicago recorded 498 homicides. That increased to 772 in 2020 and 797 in 2021. In 2022, so far, Chicago has recorded 156 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Recent polls show Lightfoot’s approval rating stands below 30 percent, according to Newsweek.
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