Brandon Johnson accuses Chuy Garcia of ‘abandoning the progressive movement’
Mayoral challenger Brandon Johnson, the Cook County commissioner and Chicago Teachers Union organizer, came out swinging during a free-wheeling interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chuy's always talked progressive but essentially been an empty suit.
Johnson said he will unveil his public safety plan only after figuring out a way to pay for it. And that will happen after he takes the wraps off his financial plan next week.
United Working Families, a progressive group affiliated with the CTU that has endorsed Johnson’s candidacy, has long championed a $4.5 billion wish list of revenue-generating ideas it says would level the playing field between Chicago’s haves and have-nots.
It includes a 3.5% city income tax on Chicagoans and suburbanites earning more than $100,000 a year; a financial transaction tax; a 66% increase in the city’s hotel tax, which is already the highest in the country; a revived employee head tax; and raising the real estate transfer tax on high-end home sales.
Johnson said Thursday those are all “strong ideas we must consider” to make Chicago a place where working families can “afford to live.”
That’s a big nope from me, dawg.
Johnson knows where he needs to fire his shots. They’re going to be fighting over the same voters.
Johnson’s mostly pissed because whatever chance he had at winning ended the exact moment Chuy got into the race.
I like Johnson but idk how things are going. he paid for internal polling and isn’t publishing it… likely not a good sign ( finance report tells me this).
I just don’t think Johnson can pull lakefront voters needed to win, while chuy likely can.