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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Deserves to be Retired

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Deserves to be Retired

Chicago will not be electing a mayor this week – and at least that is not likely.  The upcoming election will determine which two candidates will face off in a runoff election. 

It is almost certain that Paul Vallas – former head of the Chicago and Philadelphia school systems — will be one of them.  He leads the pack, according to recent polls, with a 32 percent plurality.  The other contenders are in the teens or single digits.

The closest to Vallas is Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson at 18 percent.  It is notable that incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in third place with 13 percent.  If that holds up, she will be out … out … out.  That would give her yet another unique accomplishment.  She is the third black mayor, the second woman, and the first lesbian.  If Lightfoot is knocked off in round one, she will be the first incumbent not to be on the ballot in the final round.  

Odds makers and pundits are predicting that Lightfoot will lose.   Chicago-based Democrat strategist David Axelrod predicts it will be Vallas and Johnson in the runoff.  I would take that one step further.  Lightfoot deserves to lose.

I have been involved in Chicago politics – as a campaign advisor, political activist, civic leader and even as a candidate – since my high school days.  I would declare Lightfoot to be the most incompetent mayor in my lifetime.

I would say the “worst” mayor, but that would depend on what is being judged.  In my own opinion, the worst mayor in my lifetime was “da boss,” Richard J. Daley.  I pick him because his racist policies have left a continuing tragic impact on the Windy City. 

While he was not personally the most corrupt mayor, he allowed unprecedented corruption on his watch – and was too tolerant of organized Crime.  He is the Mayor that Martin Luther King traveled north to confront.  He is the mayor of the “police riot” outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention – and yelling an anti-Semitic profanity at Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff.   But … I digress.

Not only is Lightfoot inept and incompetent, but she is also tone dear. 

She seems to be oblivious of Chicago’s enormous crime problem.  She does not seem to see the exodus of citizens and businesses – much less doing anything about it. 

Like Nero fiddling as Rome burned, Lightfoot has shown a flare for the theatrical – karaoke singing, dancing and adorning costumes. (The photo of Lightfoot atop this commentary is her at a press conference regarding Covid-19.)  She seems to be a manifestation of a clown character on the old Mary Tyer Moore Show, whose theme phrase was “a little song … a little dance … a little seltzer down your pants.”

We will soon learn if the Lightfoot show will be closed down for lack of audience appreciation.  We can only hope.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

5 Comments

  1. Doug Corrigan Jr.

    I don’t think it’s fair to suggest that Mayor Lightweight is unaware of the exploding crime rate in Chicago. Someone unaware of a crime wave wouldn’t have her police department assign 50 officers to protect her and her property.

    Nor can it be said that Lightweight is doing nothing about fast spreading crime — particularly violent crime. Lightweight has implemented her response. It consists of allocating all those police to protect her.

    The big question that remains is what she’s gonna do without those 50 cops when she’s no longer mayor. She probably hasn’t contemplated that yet.

    • larry Horist

      Doug Corrigan Jr … You make a good point. There is no crime problem because she has not been mugged.

  2. Doug Corrigan Jr.

    I think it’s unfair to suggest that Mayor Lori Lightweight is unaware of Chicago’s exploding crime rate. Someone unaware of a crime wave wouldn’t insist that the city’s police department assign 50 officers to protect her and her property.

    Nor can it be said that Lightweight is doing nothing about fast spreading crime — particularly violent crime. Lightweight has implemented a strong plan in response. It consists of allocating all those police to her protection.

    The big question that remains is what she’s gonna do without those 50 cops when she’s no longer mayor. She probably hasn’t contemplated that yet.

  3. Hugh Jass

    Lori Lightweight is done, a loser, and if Chicago brings her back then they deserve what happens next. C’mon Chicago, you dont want her crime policies back do you?

  4. Gerald T Costa

    “Retired” my Portuguese butt — she deserves to be indicted and dragged out of her office in cuffs and shackles. She may just be the 3rd most corrupt female in politcs right behind clinton and pelosi !!!!!!