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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to Mary Ann Ahern’s report on hiring recommendations from President Preckwinkle’s campaign consultants. In an internal email chain accidentally posted to a jobs board, the consultants wrote that “It will be so much better for the campaign if we can get out-of-towners instead of Locals, who have distractions, family, friends. If we need to fire someone for being trump-y with the ladies, or missing numbers, it’d be far better if they leave town than hang around to try to make trouble.”

“I’m disturbed by Mary Ann Ahern’s report on hiring recommendations from President Preckwinkle’s campaign consultants,” said Lightfoot. “These hiring recommendations are particularly disturbing given that they come after the Tribune’s reporting on Preckwinkle Chief of Staff John Keller’s sexual assault of a woman in November 2016, after Preckwinkle’s failure to remove him from power in a timely manner, and after Preckwinkle’s shifting explanations to the media and voters.

“President Preckwinkle owes us an explanation after so many disturbing reports. And instead of finding ways to make it more convenient to fire (and hire) staff that might be ‘trump-y with the ladies,’ the Preckwinkle campaign should focus on setting a culture from the top that doesn’t enable and empower sexually predatory behavior in the workplace.”