Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot held a press conference today to blast a new bill introduced by State Representative Robert Martwick (D-19) that would make the Cook County assessor an appointed position, thus denying Assessor Fritz Kaegi the opportunity to be elected to a second term. Martwick showed up at the press conference unannounced, attempting to disrupt the event and demanding Lightfoot debate him on the spot. Martwick, a property tax appeals attorney and the 38th Ward Cook County Democratic Committeeman, is an ally of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle and is actively supporting her campaign for mayor. Both Preckwinkle and Martwick have close ties to former Assessor Joe Berrios.

“It’s not every day that one of Toni Preckwinkle’s top lieutenants shows up at my press conference to defend the latest Berrios power grab,” said Lightfoot. “I will not be intimidated by Toni Preckwinkle’s political machine. The stunt backfired, and if there’s any other machine politician who takes issue with our reform agenda, they should know we’re not backing down. We’ve got momentum heading into the February 26th election, and our movement only grows stronger with daily reminders of the corrupt ties of Preckwinkle and other machine candidates.”

Multiple polls in recent days have shown Lightfoot within the margin of error of a spot in the run-off.