Run for Chicago mayor next for Mendoza?

November 7, 2018

Just days before voters headed to the polls, a campaign video was leaked that shows Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza saying she is running for mayor of Chicago.

Mendoza had been dodging questions about a run for mayor since reports surfaced that supporters had been gathering signatures so she would have the required amount to announce a mayoral run after she was re-elected state comptroller.

The leaked video uses similar visuals to Mendoza’s ads for her comptroller campaign.

“I’m Susana Mendoza, and I’m running for mayor of Chicago,” Mendoza said in the six-second clip.

Mendoza’s campaign released a statement about the video leak.

“I am focused on the Nov. 6 election because too much is at stake for the people of Illinois,” Mendoza said. “I’m considering a run for another office and have taken steps to prepare for that should I choose to move forward but I have not made any formal decisions.”

Campaign videos can be costly. The company that produced Mendoza’s ad said she shot the extra clips of herself announcing the run for mayor during a shoot for one of her ads for comptroller.

Mendoza’s campaign said the leak came from someone within Democratic campaign ad producer Eric Adelstein’s company. Adelstein, who couldn’t be reached, told the Daily Herald it was his idea she shoot the mayoral footage.

Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker was asked two weeks ago about Mendoza’s rumored mayoral run in October.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Pritzker said. “As far as I can tell, Susana Mendoza is going to be the comptroller of the state.”

Senger said in a statement Mendoza’s mayoral campaign video was “a prime example of her arrogance and hypocrisy,” adding that running for two offices is unfair to Illinois voters.’’

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