Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Susana Mendoza issued the following joint statement on Tuesday evening ahead of Toni Preckwinkle’s so-called “Be Fair to Toni” rally:
“The idea that Toni Preckwinkle, among the most powerful elected officials in Illinois, and the head of the political machine in Cook County, is now playing the victim, is simply stunning. As the Chicago Tribune reported, Toni Preckwinkle covered up the sexual harassment of her chief of staff for six months, firing him only after she decided to get into this race. Then, she lied to the press about it for weeks, before finally being forced to admit the truth. In that situation, like so many others, we’ve come to learn about over the course of this campaign, Toni Preckwinkle had the power to be fair and do the right thing, and she opted out. Toni asks us to be fair to her–but she has not been fair to victims.
“As women of color and candidates for public office, we know what it’s like to go through the gauntlet–to defend ourselves against unfair, unethical and sexist attacks–and to get up the next morning and keep going. In this race in particular, many of those attacks have come from Toni Preckwinkle’s campaign specifically.
“Chicagoans are facing an incredible opportunity to elect, for the first time in Chicago history, a woman of color to lead our city forward. We need a mayor who isn’t worried about who is being fair to them, but who will worry more about being fair to the women who have been silenced for too long.”