Lori Lightfoot Takes Down Rumors About an Alleged Affair

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The International Business Times ran an unsubstantiated story based on social media buzz, that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was going to resign over an alleged affair. Chicago community activist Ja’Mal Green reportedly started the buzz, and it lit up the Internet like wildfire.

The National Enquirer has written better unsubstantiated stuff, and amazingly enough, has actually broken some real stories (Remember, John Edwards?). The IBT article reads a bit like a dime-store novella, and so do the tweets.

What further fueled speculation is another tweet claiming Lightfoot was resigning after she was caught red-handed, cheating on Eshleman, with another woman at an Elmhurst hotel, which the city paid for.

The post claimed the woman Lightfoot was having an affair with had a boyfriend who was caught for possession of a weapon and asked Lightfoot to “take care” of it. The extortion calls allegedly led to Eshleman finding out and “beating” Lightfoot.

According to the tweet, police responded to the domestic dispute at the Lightfoot-Eshleman residence, where they ran into their daughter who told them “my moms are fighting.”

The IBT article also referenced a tweet by former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Duncan is a fierce critic of Lightfoot, and for a time served as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

After deleting his initial tweet, Ja’Mal Green followed with this:

Well, the Chicago mayor, who despite being a leftist, does actually have a sense of humor, sent out this thread:

Good morning from my mansion in Sauganash. Seriously, though—our city doesn’t have any time for homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors, today or any day.

Back in July of 2020, rumors had begun that she and her wife, Amy Eshleman, were leaving their Logan Square home and had purchased a mansion in Sauganash, which is a historic district in the Chicagoland area. Consider it the Bel Air of Illinois.

It’s shocking and disappointing to see some media members and verified Twitter handles are peddling this trash as truth.

If people hadn’t noticed, we have major challenges in Chicago we need to address TOGETHER. This nonsense that some apparently have the luxury of indulging in has not fed one person, stopped the pandemic, housed anyone living on the street or saved one young person.

Anyone who wants to work with me to make progress, I’m ready. Even if we don’t always see eye to eye, if you actually love this city and want to be part of making it better, let’s do the work.

The rest of you, get out of the way.

I will continue to lead a group of the willing all across our city who are about doing the people’s work. The people of Chicago elected me mayor, and I will continue to serve today, tomorrow and into the future. Back to work.

Then she ended with her earlier zinger.

Many of the people fueling the rumor mill on Twitter expressed anger that Lightfoot would resign over a cheating scandal, rather than her poorly-handled response to the recent police shooting of Adam Toledo. The beleaguered Mayor appears to have put any resignation rumors to rest for now.

Whether she goes out over the Toledo mess or something else, apparently Lightfoot plans to go out fighting.