News Politics: The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has referred to a Republican super PAC’s television advertisement as “dog whistle politics.” It makes my skin darker. There is no question, in my opinion, that I am an African American. Why do you need to blacken it and distribute it to suburban areas when I’m pleased to be black? It’s scare tactics, said Lightfoot, who first noticed the TV commercial in a Playbook segment. It is the supreme dog whistle. Who is the advertiser? The People Who Play By the Rules super PAC, which is managed by conservative political operative Dan Proft and is heavily supported by billionaire GOP contributor Richard Uihlein, put up the advertisement. Not exactly Lightfoot was the objective of the advertisement, but Democratic Governor JB Pritzker and how the state
Lightfoot addressed the ad during a Q&A with reporters after she discussed crime numbers that show Chicago homicides are down 18 percent and shootings down 18 percent, too.
The ad calls attention to the SAFE-T Act that goes into effect next year doing away with cash bail, but the ad doesn’t explain that judges can keep dangerous suspects behind bars to protect the community.
Pritzker’s campaign called on Bailey to “immediately” take down the ad. “Instead of insulting elected officials, members of the GOP ought to figure out why they have to keep apologizing for everything that comes out of their mouths,” spokeswoman Natalie Edelstein said in a statement. Political operatives say Black lawmakers and candidates across the board are worried the ad is part of a Trumpian effort to normalize “racist tropes” and that it will only get worse in the leadup to the November elections. They point to Bailey doubling down that Chicago, a city with a dominant Black population, is a “hellhole” and a speaker at a GOP meeting in Springfield calling Attorney General Kwame Raoul “a lap dog” to Pritzker.