Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was blasted for blaming her abysmal reelection prospects on being a black woman in power.
“I’m a Black woman and, let’s not forget, some folks frankly don’t support us in leadership roles,” Lightfoot told The New Yorker.
Local radio host Ray Stevens summed up Lightfoot’s impending fate by simply stating, “I think Lori’s time is up.”
“Personally, I don’t [think she can pull off this race], but I’ve been wrong before as the polls have in the past,” he said earlier in the segment.
Stevens added that race would boil down to key issues like crime, not skin color or gender.
“Chicago has a rampant crime problem, and not only is it in Chicago, but its has reached the collar counties… crime, crime is going to be the issue in this election and, personally, what I’m hearing from my constituents, from listeners, is that it will come down to [Paul] Vallas [or] Brandon Johnson.”
According to recent polls, Lightfoot trails Vallas by 19 points and Johnson by two.
“I think those are your two guys,” Stevens continued.
“There may be a surprise, but I think the rhetoric we just talked about, what you just talked about is what will hurt Lori Lightfoot – crime, and she just doesn’t come across as somebody that cares about people.”
Stevens noted that the majority of the city’s leaders are people of color, adding that Chicago is “very diverse.”
“I don’t think it comes down to race. There are people living in these communities that just want to be safe,” he said.
Lori Lightfoot now finds herself as the underdog as she seeks a tough reelection bid.
However, voters who are fed up with soaring crime and identity politics, are singling a fresh start without her.
Reelection prospects for Lori Lightfoot are dire not because she’s a black woman in power, but because her city is falling apart.
If Lightfoot fails to become one of the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary, she could become the first incumbent Chicago mayor to lose an election in over thirty years.
“She’s an underdog this time around for different reasons than she was an underdog last time,” said longtime political operative Victor Reyes.
“Last time, she was an unknown and she was the counter to the traditional political establishment folks, and the vote split was happening in a different way back then. And this time, she’s like the target of everybody’s ire, right?” Reyes continued.
“She’s getting attacked from the left; she’s getting attacked from the right. And she doesn’t have any ground footing with any significant solid base of votes.”