Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been slammed for sending a 'deranged' email to one of her female staffers berating her for failing to scheduled enough 'office time'.
The condescending message was sent by Lightfoot to her then-scheduler Taylor Lewis on January 28, but was only obtained by The Chicago Tribune this week. The paper was investigating reports of high staff turnover at City Hall when they uncovered the 'unhinged' email.
The message included sentences which Lightfoot repeated more than a dozen times in order to get her point across.
'Since my prior requests are routinely ignored, I am now resorting to this: I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday!' Lightfoot raged in the e-mail.
She repeated the same sentence a further 13 times, before writing: 'Not just once a week or some days, but everyday!'
Lightfoot continued to patronizingly repeat each sentence she subsequently wrote.
She signed off her email by writing: 'Have I made myself clear?!' 13 times times in a row.
As of June, Taylor Lewis no longer works for Lightfoot.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been slammed for sending an 'unhinged' email to one of her female staffers berating her for failing to scheduled enough 'office time'
The message included sentences which Lightfoot repeated more than a dozen times in order to get her point across
On Monday, Lightfoot attempted to explain away the email, saying it was 'born of frustration.'
'We got beyond that and solved the challenges that were at the heart of that email which was written five-plus months ago so I think we're in a better place,' she stated.
However, The Chicago Tribune reports that there have been grumblings coming from City Hall about Lightfoot being a difficult boss to work for.
According to reporter Gregory Pratt, City Hall is having difficulty hiring and retaining staff.
In one instance, Lightfoot reportedl ripped up documents and sent staff a photo of it to illustrate her message, saying: 'I have asked nicely, now I am done.'
Many compared Lightfoot to Jack Nicholson's 'deranged' character in The Shining, who repeatedly writes: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'
Her e-mail was widely panned on Twitter
Meanwhile, her e-mail was widely panned on Twitter, with many comparing her to Jack Nicholson's 'deranged' character in The Shining, who repeatedly writes: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.
Another Twitter user wrote: 'That seems a bit... unhinged?'
A third chimed in: 'Why would anyone wanna work for her when they have to deal with this deranged behavior?'
'This type of behavior does not show leadership skills', another user declared.
'It's bullying and throwing tantrums. The quality of the people who work for her are her own doing. You don't retain qualified people with this type of behavior. Her chief of staff could have solved this problem.'
The Chicago Tribune reports that there have been grumblings coming from City Hall about Lightfoot being a difficult boss to work for
Lightfoot blasts 'frivolous' lawsuit from white Daily Caller reporter over her decision to only give interviews to black and brown journalists
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has hit back at what she called a 'frivolous' lawsuit over her decision to only grant interviews to 'black and brown' journalists.
Lightfoot, who is Chicago's first black female and first openly gay mayor, announced last month that she would only speak with reporters of color to mark her two-year anniversary in office.
The temporary policy - which only lasted one day - sparked anger from reporters of all races, but Lightfoot doubled down on her decision insisting it was part of her lifelong battle for diversity and inclusion.
The backlash hit a new level on May 27 when Thomas Catenacci, a white reporter from the Daily Caller, filed a lawsuit against Lightfoot in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Lightfoot brushed off the legal action and once again defended her rule in an interview with CNN on Friday.
'The lawsuit is completely frivolous. I'd use a more colorful term if we weren't on TV,' she said.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot hit back at what she called a 'frivolous' lawsuit over her decision to only grant interviews to 'black and brown' journalists in an interview with CNN
'But here's the thing, I'm the mayor of the third largest city in the country. I'm and African American woman, to state the obvious. Everyday when I look out across my podium, I don't see people who look like me but more to the point I don't see people who reflect the richness and diversity of this city,' she continued.
'I started a long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms, in coverage. You are the mirrors on society,' she told host John Berman. 'You reflect with a critical and important lens the news of the day. You hold public officials like me, accountable.
'You must be diverse, I can't be that in a city like Chicago, with all the talent that we have, that we can't find diverse journalists of color. Of course we can. What they need is opportunity.'
'I hope my conversation has pricked the consciousness of the people who do the hiring in media rooms all across this city and hopefully across this country. We've got to do better.'