* What people have the most difficult time understanding about some (not all) elected officials is their ability to set aside the past and make peace with the same folks who bashed them hard during the campaign…
Lightfoot sidestepped questions about U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who wasn’t present for her talk before the black caucus and who has been critical of her in the past. […]
Rush arrived just as Lightfoot was leaving and missed her presentation. During the campaign, Rush said Lightfoot voters would “have the blood of the next young black man or black woman” killed by the police on their hands — an incendiary remark that drew widespread criticism. Rush told reporters Wednesday he hasn’t spoken with Lightfoot since she won but wishes her well.
“I would be so overjoyed, very much overjoyed, if she became the best and most successful mayor that Chicago’s ever had,” Rush said, calling his past remarks about her “old news.” When asked if he would apologize for those past remarks, Rush did not directly answer.
“If she asks me to do it, then we’ll discuss it,” Rush said.
Lightfoot later shrugged off any suggestion of an apology from Rush, saying she intended to focus on the future.
She’ll need Rush and he’ll need Lightfoot.