socastcmsRssStartBy Cole Lauterbach | Illinois News NetworksocastcmsRssEnd
Just days before voters head to the polls, a leaked campaign video 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 that she would have the required amount to announce a mayoral run after she was re-elected to 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.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WBEZ</a> has obtained a video recorded for the planned announcement of Susana Mendoza's Chicago mayoral bid. More to come shortly at <a href="https://t.co/8YuP2iSdXI">https://t.co/8YuP2iSdXI</a> and 91.5FM <a href="https://t.co/8u3EdHfKRK">pic.twitter.com/8u3EdHfKRK</a>— Dan Mihalopoulos (@dmihalopoulos) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmihalopoulos/status/1058446141161988097?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 2, 2018</a>
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 that it was his idea that 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.”
Polling has suggested that Pritzker has the lead over incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner ahead of Nov. 6. If elected, Pritzker would be the one to appoint a replacement for Mendoza if she were to win the mayoral election.
Mendoza’s Republican opponent, former lawmaker Darlene Senger, said Mendoza should immediately drop out of the comptroller’s race, even though it’s too late for Mendoza to do so.
Senger said in a statement said 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.
“Susana Mendoza’s Chicago Mayoral campaign video is a prime example of her arrogance and hypocrisy. Running for two offices at the same time is unfair to IL voters and I demand she drop out of the Comptroller race immediately. ”
“I have no plans to ever run for a legislative job or to be mayor of Chicago. I am running only to do the job of Comptroller and no other,“ Libertarian comptroller candidate Claire Ball said.