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No, Lori Lightfoot did not blame her loss on racism and gender bias

Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Fox News and its fellow travelers have been pushing this falsehood

Ousted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot explained away her Tuesday election loss as a result of her being a “Black woman in America.” […]

“I’m a Black woman in America. Of course,” she responded, according to reports.

NY Post headline

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames election loss on racism, gender

Wall St. Journal

Mayor Lightfoot blamed race and gender bias for her loss

It’s all over Twitter, but the story is false.

* The quote was lifted from an AP story

Lightfoot touted her record of investing in neighborhoods and supporting workers, such as by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She also noted that the city had navigated unprecedented challenges such as the pandemic and its economic and public safety fallout to protests over policing.

Asked if she was treated unfairly because of her race and gender, Lightfoot said: “I’m a black woman in America. Of course.”

Feeling like she’d been treated unfairly because of her race and gender and directly attributing her election loss to race and gender are two very different things. So, the AP did not report that she blamed her loss on race and gender.

More importantly, Sarah Burnett of the Associated Press told me that the Lightfoot quote was from “a few days before the election.” And two people at the Lightfoot campaign told me the mayor did not say that on election night.

* Let’s move on to a NY Times columnist writing about Lightfoot’s loss

It was a stunning rebuke.

Lightfoot’s job approval rating has been a nuclear dumpster fire for months and months.

* Speaking of which…

* Willie Wilson’s electoral history in Chicago…

    2015 Chicago mayoral campaign: 10.66%
    2019 Chicago mayoral campaign: 10.61%
    2020 U.S. Senate campaign (Chicago results): 9.37%
    2023 Chicago mayoral campaign: 9.6%

It’s probably time to find a different vanity project.

* State Senator and a staunch Brandon Johnson supporter…

* Isabel’s Chicago roundup…


  1. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:49 pm:

    I’d just say you can’t be mean to everyone who tries to help you is the lesson.

  2. - Wowie - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:51 pm:

    Peters tweet not particularly clever. Hope there’s better messaging to come

  3. - Riversidian - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:51 pm:

    Re: Greg Pratt’s tweet quoting a Lightfoot aide…those are “lessons”? Like…those are things that Lightfoot & Co. weren’t aware of? I understand those are exactly the things Lori did, but it can’t have come as surprise to them that it impacted re-electability, can it?

  4. - low level - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:54 pm:

    Sen Peters, I love you but you clearly dont remember the dumpster fire the Chicago Public Schools were before Paul Vallas took over.

    Granted there still are challenges but the CPS turnaround almost propelled Vallas to the Dem nomination for Governor in 2002 and probable victory had he gotten that nomination.

  5. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:56 pm:

    The right wing media were going to use that lede regardless of the truth. It’s their raison d’ etre, it’s how they keep their readers/viewers glued to them. T’was ever thus.

  6. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:56 pm:

    In a way Lightfoot’s actions remind me of Jane Byrne ran against powers then braces Burke and Vrdolyac then screws over minorities with her school board picks

  7. - Jockey - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:59 pm:

    Rich, I hazily remember a Friday afternoon CapFax posing in late-May/June ‘19 and LL’s team not get back to you about a story. My very first impression was that the team was a bunch of amateurs and didn’t realize who you were.

    I thought it was a bad sign of things to come.


  8. - The Truth - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:02 pm:

    I believe sports-talk radio would call many of these posts and articles “out-of-town stupid”.

  9. - Roadrager - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:03 pm:

    Fox News, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal ran the same false story? Weird. Wonder if there’s some sort of common, underlying thread between the three. Ah well, best to not speculate.

  10. - Amalia - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:03 pm:

    well, parse the comments of Lightfoot, but the idea of racism and sexism has been blasted in my ears for weeks from very very dedicated volunteers. and after, they are more blistering with the notion that that is why she lost. there are many stories of racism encountered in phone calls along the lakefront. I don’t think those who told me are making those up. so it’s being said, just not by her.

  11. - Jockey - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:07 pm:

    I found it…

    “ Hi Rich, sorry I thought I hit send on this. Yes, the Mayor still supports this proposal. Thx!”

  12. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:07 pm:

    “Politics is the Art of Subtraction” the Lori Lightfoot story.

  13. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:11 pm:

    “Paul Vallas has never seen a budget he couldn’t mismanage.”

    As much hay is being made of Vallas’s social media likes and his connections to the odd far-right folks, this is the reason that he should not be mayor. Paul Vallas is a Democrat, and he is a R.M. Daley/Blago Democrat. He will spend you into oblivion and will then leave.

  14. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:17 pm:

    I don’t know how much stock people should put in the April results in these races anymore. It just means people prefer you over the other person. MLL got 97,667 votes in February 2019 and 87,395 in February 2023. It’s not as big a fall from grace looking at the numbers.

  15. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:21 pm:

    Maybe the right has a point about the mainstream media sometimes being clueless and/or agenda-focused. It obviously cuts both ways.

  16. - Jerry - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:22 pm:

    And Jane Byrne likely would have never won if the previous Mayor had done something, anything about the Blizzard.

  17. - levivotedforjudy - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:30 pm:

    Maybe I am remembering the situation poorly, but I thought that, led by Pate Phillip and Lee Daniels, CPS was a mess and dumped in Daley’s lap and Gery Chico and Vallas were charged with cleaning said mess up and compared to what it was, they did.

  18. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:32 pm:

    ===and compared to what it was, they did. ===

    Yeah, but fiscal times were good in that period. He set up a system that failed when the economy tanked after 9/11. He built his budgets around not making pension payments.

  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:43 pm:

    Willie Wilson’s campaign was a resounding success for all the consultants that got paid off creating and placing the ads, and those smart enough to grift… sorry, work… with monies paid upfront.

    This is everything…

    “…You can’t run on a platform and then completely abandon it. 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.”

    Candidate Lightfoot was only seen once in 4 years… when Mayor Lightfoot conceded

    Fact checking a wanted narrative to help the paper is so discouraging to looking for real coverage… but they ain’t from Chicago…

  20. - JP Altgeld - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:55 pm:

    RM - there is a lot of revisionist history there.

    To my knowledge, CPS did not ever miss any legally required payments.

    He gets hammered by people for directing more than that but people need to remember how dire the district was, how much repair work was needed, etc.

    People rarely pay more on their mortgage every month than they have to *when* they have other things they have to pay for.

  21. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    Adding, savage:

  22. - Google Is Your Friend - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    - low level - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 1:54 pm:

    Pension Payment Skipper Paul is not a solution for anything fiscal. His supposed fiscal wizardry is closer to the wizard of lies Bernie Madoff than it is to anything responsible.

  23. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:02 pm:

    === Willie Wilson’s electoral history in Chicago…

    2015 Chicago mayoral campaign: 10.66%
    2019 Chicago mayoral campaign: 10.61%
    2020 U.S. Senate campaign (Chicago results): 9.37%
    2023 Chicago mayoral campaign: 9.6% ===

    That’s a “solid 10″ in my book.

  24. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:07 pm:

    ===CPS did not ever miss any legally required payments===


    Such careful wording. His budgets were padded by not making pension payments.

  25. - Tood Aloo - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:18 pm:

    I’ve made campaign contributions to senator Peters in the past. Never again.

  26. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:19 pm:

    They were just following the lead of of the State of Illinois budgets that did the same thing for decades

  27. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:24 pm:

    ===They were just following the lead===


    Whataboutism instead of argument. You can’t say he’s a fiscal wizard and then say he was just like the people who drove the state into a fiscal ditch.

  28. - Shytown - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:29 pm:

    First, Lori’s campaign was a disaster. They can never explain their way out of the mess that was that campaign.

    Second, Sen. Peters is a smart, talented person who may be farther left than I prefer, but I respect him. however, he should learn the history of Vallas’ time at CPS and the circumstances before pushing hitting send on political spin like this.

  29. - cover - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:33 pm:

    = His budgets were padded by not making pension payments. =

    A gift to Mayor Rich Daley from the GOP-controlled 89th General Assembly, diverting $ from the Chicago teacher pension fund to support CPS operations. The pension fund went from well funded to less than 50% in just a few years. IMHO, “borrow and spend” is worse than “tax and spend”.

  30. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:43 pm:

    Agreed but I didn’t claim he was a fiscal wizard

    He presided over a massive school construction and modernization during his tenure when enrollment was 400,000 (60,000 more than today)

    Chicago Public Schools accountability program was lauded by President Clinton during in his 1998 State of the Union address

    The track record during his six year term as CEO of CPS had plenty of wins and some setbacks too

  31. - Left of what - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:48 pm:

    I saw that fox story making the rounds and my immediate thought was that is a fake story. It did not even sound like something she would have said. You have to remember that being a conservative on social media is about making up a person to be mad at and everything will make sense.

  32. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 3:55 pm:

    “Chicago Public Schools accountability program was lauded by President Clinton during in his 1998 State of the Union address”

    You know all of the wrong people to bring up in a discussion. Bill Clinton is the one that needs the accountability program.

  33. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 4:31 pm:

    I thought Daley wanted control of CPS and Pate let him have it because he wanted out of it or something. I am old but I thought they both wanted that deal and nothing got dumped on Daley

  34. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Mar 2, 23 @ 4:42 pm:

    ===It was a stunning rebuke.===

    This is the nicest thing anyone has said about Lori Lightfoot in the last 3 and a half years.

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