CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign dropped a new commercial Tuesday morning, sending Chicago Twitter into a frenzy.
The commercial, which the mayor shared on her account, shows two men watching the news about a plan launched by the mayor that would create thousands of jobs.
Frustrated, one man turns off the TV and asks his friend what the mayor has actually done during her first term.
“Given the mess she was dealt, Lori is delivering,” his friend replied.
He then goes on to list the mayor’s accomplishments: the city was named No. 1 for corporate expansion earlier this year, Google is expected to bring hundreds of jobs with its move to the Thompson Center and Chicago was named the No. 1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the sixth straight year by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
And, she was “cool during COVID,” the friend said, ripping open his flannel to show a shirt that reads, “Stay Home, Save Lives” — Lightfoot’s slogan at the beginning of the pandemic.
The men then get a pepperoni pizza delivered, and are surprised to see it’s from the mayor herself.
People took to Twitter to share reactions to the commercial. Some called it cringe-worthy and insulting, while others played into the delivery joke, calling her a “Grubhub mayor.”
Others joked about Lightfoot’s sometimes brash comments, like when she said, “I have the biggest dick in Chicago” during a fight with Park District lawyers about the city’s Christopher Columbus statue.
A parody account for CTA’s president, Dorval Carter, Jr. called the ad insulting and infantilizing and blamed the mayor for not doing enough to increase public transportation and bike lanes. The transit agency has seen mounting pressure as it struggles with ghost trains, addressing crime and staff shortages.
Lightfoot, who was elected in 2019, faces a crowded race for the Feb. 28 election. Last week, Jesus ‘Chuy’ García announced his bid to run, joining a slew of challengers to Lightfoot.
Already in the race are Alds. Sophia King (4th), Roderick Sawyer (6th) and Raymond Lopez (15th). Paul Vallas, the former CPS CEO and a repeat mayoral contender, has joined the race, as has state Rep. Kam Buckner and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson. Businessman and philanthropist Willie Wilson is running, as is community activist Ja’Mal Green.
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