U.S. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia launched the first TV ad for the 2023 mayoral season on Tuesday, looking to rebuild momentum in the final five weeks of his campaign.
Called “Home,” the commercial features Garcia narrating as the camera pans through downtown Chicago and neighborhood homes before focusing on police evidence markers.
“This has been at home the whole time. But like many parts of Chicago, too many nights we hear gunshots and face the reality of rising crime,” Garcia says on the spot. “I’m Chui Garcia. Enough is enough. It’s time to put more cops on the streets, remove illegal guns and go back to Chicago where it’s safer.”
Lawmakers next say they want to expand community-based violence prevention programs to tackle “the root causes of crime by investing in marginalized communities.”
“Because I can’t wait to go back to Chicago where it’s safer,” says Garcia.
For Garcia, campaign commercials come at crucial moments. He entered the race as a front-runner due to his high profile in the 2015 mayoral election and his experience in Congress. But in recent weeks, Garcia has held onto more than his $1.3 million to spend towards his Feb. 28 election, allowing his rivals to create momentum of their own. .
Earlier this month, Garcia announced plans for public safety. This includes the “fully funded” Chicago Police Department, which he said will need to hire an additional 1,600 officers amid vacancies during the pandemic. His plan drew criticism from his rival candidate, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, and from Lightfoot himself, who accused Garcia of copying Lightfoot’s public safety plan.
Lightfoot, which is facing stiff re-election campaigns, launched its first TV ad in November and spent more than $1.9 million in advertising spending in the last two months of the year, according to state elections commission filings. spent. Johnson and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Ballas launched their own ad earlier this month in an attempt to break through in a field of nine candidates.
Lightfoot’s first television commercials addressed crime in Chicago and sought to soften its militant image.In her inaugural address nearly four years ago, she talked about her upbringing and her parents, including her mother, who attended the event. The clip containing the
Lightfoot also aired a TV commercial criticizing Garcia for his ties to indicted former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and alleged cryptocurrency scammer Sam Bankman-Fried, trying to bloody his top rival. It is said that
On Tuesday, the mayoral campaign issued a statement, reiterating allegations that Garcia had stolen her platform and was proposing an initiative she had already implemented.
“If imitation is heartfelt flattery, you would think Mr. Garcia would be preparing to vote for Mayor Lightfoot again this year. As we work to keep guns off our streets, hire more police officers and invest in our communities, lawmakers will be speaking at rallies and refusing to pay police back,” a campaign spokesperson said. said the person. “If you compare their records, it’s clear who’s doing the work to make Chicago people safer.”