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War of words: Lightfoot, Garcia exchange unpleasantries in Chicago mayoral race

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Congressman Chuy Garcia and the mayor Lori Lightfoot he clashed publicly on Monday after a joint closed-door interview with the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

“She’s desperate. She’s manufacturing and trying to spin things that don’t exist,” Garcia said.

On a day when his own campaign admitted misconduct was on the agenda of the City Hall Ethics Board, Mayor Lightfoot again sought to link Rep. Chuy Garcia to former House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Lightfoot herself faced the mighty Madigan, but claims Garcia was different.

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“And it’s not just about amassing power for the people in his community. We understand that. It’s about what he did. The means didn’t justify the ends,” Lightfoot said.

The Tribune reported that Garcia’s name was mentioned by others during a conversation taped by the FBI.

“He says I’m not being investigated, period. He says I was mentioned in, uh, what was the exact word? ‘Superficially’ in a conversation someone had,” Garcia said.

As the congressman and the mayor spoke, the Chicago Ethics Council was meeting in closed executive session. On the agenda: the Lightfoot campaign’s controversial move to use official email to recruit student and faculty volunteers at the city’s colleges and public schools.

“I am confident that what any investigator will discover is that this was a mistake, not born of malice, not born of intent to break the rules,” Lightfoot said.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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