Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's campaign on Wednesday released its first TV ad since the February election in hopes of changing the conversation away from budgets and back to closed schools.
In the ad, which will air on all major English and Spanish broadcast and cable channels in Chicago, Garcia stands in front of one of the 50 schools closed, noting that Mayor Rahm Emanuel received more than $700,000 from those who favor privatizing schools.
"This ad makes the point that, unlike Mayor Emanuel, Commissioner Garcia opposes the continued privatization of Chicago’s public schools. And, unlike Mayor Emanuel, Garcia opposes Mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools and supports allowing the people of Chicago to elect the School Board,” Garcia Campaign Manager Andrew Sharp said in a statement.
The Emanuel campaign response, which was released even before Garcia's ad was made public, said Garcia "is lying about Rahm's record to cover up his own lack of a plan."