The alderman announced in her newsletter yesterday that Mayor Lightfoot had visited the 50th Ward last weekend. Silverstein claims that she and Lightfoot toured the ward and spoke to residents about their concerns. Curiously, no photo of Silverstein with the mayor and residents accompanied this announcement.
Earlier this week, Silverstein tweeted a photo of herself with children at a West Ridge Nature Preserve event. During the recent campaign, she tweeted several photos of herself escorting the city’s commissioner for business development around Devon. Does anyone seriously believe that Silverstein’s full time photographer failed to capture a photo of her with the mayor? We all know that no event in the ward officially occurs without a photo of Silverstein as proof.
Where was the mayor’s tour? Who were the residents with whom she met? Who chose the route and the residents? The mayor doesn’t just show up. Who invited her? Why wasn’t her visit advertised to the rest of the ward? It sounds like this was a private event to address the security concerns that’s some residents have. Was Silverstein a guest? Is she making more of her participation than is warranted?
That weekend happened to be the the weekend the mayor went to New York. She was gone from Sunday through the following Tuesday. Silverstein’s office closes early on Fridays so she can observe the Sabbath, which does not end until sundown Saturday. Did the mayor stop on her way to the airport? Did she just wave as she drove by? Did she come for coffee and a quick chat? Without the pictures, it’s hard to tell.
Silverstein visually memorializes her every move, so it’s curious that there’s no photo in this case. It’s not surprising that our secrecy-obsessed alderman would not tell the community in advance that the mayor was coming, but it’s atounding that there’s no picture of the alderman and the mayor afterwards.
If you were there, if you spoke to the mayor, I’d like to hear from you. Maybe you have a picture of the alderman with the mayor and residents. Maybe you have a photo of the walking tour.
Silverstein has trained residents to wait for the pictures. Visual documentation after the event is her preferred method of communication. It’s very strange that a photo is lacking in this case.
Here in the 50th, seeing is believing.