“Look at my predecessors. Did people say that Rich Daley held tea sessions with people that he (disagreed with)? Rahm Emanuel was a polite guy who was a uniter? No,” said Lightfoot, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Women and people of color are always held to a different standard. I understand that, I’ve known that my whole life.”
The turnover rate within Lightfoot’s administration has been high during her two years in office. A dozen staff members have resigned or stated their intention to leave since late last year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lightfoot’s current and former advisors claim the mayor is difficult to approach and does not listen to advice. Last May, she emailed three of her advisors a photo of destroyed documents. In January, she emailed her scheduler complaining that she doesn’t get enough time in the office. In the email, she aggressively repeated many sentences, one of which was written 16 times, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lightfoot is also known for using harsh language with other officials. “Don’t come to me for s—”, she once told aldermen if they voted against her budget, The Chicago Tribune reported.