Vallas urges probe in Lightfoot’s CPD scandal and accuses of Congressman Garcia of being AWOL from Chicagoland needs
Chicago Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas calls for broader investigation into Mayor Lightfoot’s misuse of City Resources after new revelation on CPD Deployment. CPD Exempt Officers were ordered to go Door to Door instead of Doing Police Work. And Vallas slams Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for being absent in both words and actions despite being in office for over 35 years
Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas is calling for the investigation into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s misuse of government power and resources to be broadened after new revelations have come to light concerning Chicago Police Department supervisors being ordered to go door to door talking to residents about city services rather than doing real police work.
Vallas, a candidate for Chicago Mayor in the February 28 Chicago election, also this weekend slammed Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for being absent from leadership during his 35 years in public office.
The report on Mayor Lightfoot’s misuse of government power and resources comes on the heels of Mayor Lightfoot’s school email scandal, which is already under investigation by the Chicago Public Schools Inspector General and which the ACLU said may have violated federal law.
“Mayor Lightfoot is showing a clear pattern of trying to misuse her official governmental powers to help her re-election campaign and the investigation into her conduct must be broadened beyond its current scope to determine the extent of any legal or ethical violations,” said Vallas.
“As if trying to intimidate CPS teachers and students into supporting her campaign wasn’t bad enough, taking police superiors away from their regular duties at a time when crime is out of control in our city is unconscionable. It’s clear that this extends beyond the jurisdiction of CPS and I believe it is time for law enforcement to take a serious look at this situation to protect the integrity of our city institutions.”
Paul Vallas is an internationally renowned leader and expert administrator with a plan to tackle the issues Chicagoans care about most including getting crime under control; empowering parents to decide what education is best for their children (regardless of income or ZIP code), and putting Chicago back on solid financial footing by making sound investment decisions and budgeting sustainably.
Vallas also slammed mayoral rival Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia who has often been criticized for pursuing his own interests rather than the interests of his constituents, and of being an absent elected official. Garcia has run for several offices and never seems satisfied with the office he holds, critics charge.
Congressman and mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia announced his public safety plan last week, but after years of staying silent in the face of rising crime and failing to deliver federal funding for public safety programs, Vallas said, his words ring hollow.
Garcia has been an elected official representing parts of Chicago for over 35 years, and since that time he has rarely engaged on the most important issue facing the city before launching his current campaign for Mayor.
“Chuy Garcia has been in elected office for over three decades and he’s done little to nothing in any of those roles to make Chicago safer,” said mayoral candidate Paul Vallas.
“Garcia could have spoken out against the rising tide of violence in our streets, but he has not. He could have supported the men and women of the Chicago Police Department when they needed it, but he instead aligned himself with anti-police politicians. And when Chuy Garcia had the opportunity to deliver federal funding to make our city a safer place he chose not to.”
When given the opportunity to support critical public safety initiatives through the Congressional Community Project Funding Program, Garcia submitted zero public safety related requests for funding. The program began two years ago as a way for members of Congress to direct funding towards critical needs in their districts.
“I’m running for Mayor to put reducing crime and making Chicago safer my first priority, and it’s clear from his record that Chuy Garcia just doesn’t share that same commitment,” concluded Vallas.
Vallas has released a comprehensive plan to make Chicago safer that is available here on his website: https://www.paulvallas2023.com/publicsafety
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