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Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza released the first ad of her re-election campaign today, in which she compares her high-school and college soccer stardom to challenges in the male-dominated world of politics.
“All I wanted to do was play soccer. And my mother said, ‘Oh no, honey, you can’t play soccer. Only boys play soccer.’ My dad said, ‘If she wants to try it, let’s try it. After the first time she gets kicked in the shins, it’s gonna hurt, she’s not gonna want to play.’ I got kicked in the shins, I just kicked back harder,” Mendoza says in the ad.
Mendoza went on to win all-state and All-Midwest honors in soccer at Bolingbrook High School. She received an academic and soccer scholarship at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and received All-Midwest honors there as well.
The ad mixes photos of Mendoza’s soccer career with comments about her stewardship as state comptroller for two years.
The scene shifts to Mendoza in a field, showing off some of her soccer skills, as she says, “I do play in a male-dominated world, but when people tell me I can’t do something, it just motivates me even more.”
Mendoza is wearing an interesting jersey in the ad. It’s in the colors of the Chicago city flag and it has the flag’s four stars across the front. And it features a Chicago patch. Even her campaign logo has two of the flag’s stars surrounding the word comptroller.
Mendoza has been mentioned as a potential candidate for mayor, though she has said she is focused on her candidacy for re-election as comptroller, in which she faces Republican challenger Darlene Senger. Mendoza’s ad is running only in the Chicago TV market. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning meeting at Millennium Park. He also will announce the city’s smart policing strategy’s expansion to more districts with police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no official public events scheduled.
*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will present her budget plan to commissioners.
From the notebook
*Forward Illinois: Several progressive groups have formed an umbrella group called Forward Illinois to mobilize supporters in advance of the Nov. 6 election.
The group includes the Service Employees International Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881, Sierra Club Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, Equality Illinois, the Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Chicago Votes and Citizen Action Illinois.
They are supporting an agenda calling for protection of abortion and LGTBQ rights and the environment, tougher gun laws, expanded access to affordable health care and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The coalition represents more than 250,000 people and plans to contact twice that number of people through phone banks, texts, emails and old-fashioned knocking on doors. (Rick Pearson)
*Raoul ad takes on Harold over Obamacare: Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul is out with a new ad attacking Republican rival Erika Harold’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
In the ad, a woman narrator compares Harold to President Donald Trump.
“Just like Trump, Harold pledged to eliminate Obamacare, leaving a million Illinoisans without coverage, denying lifesaving care to children with pre-existing conditions,” the narrator says.
“As a cancer survivor, Kwame Raoul believes that everyone deserves access to affordable, quality health care. That’s why he took on the special interests and expanded Obamacare,” she says.
The ad from the Democratic state senator refers to a 2014 debate in Harold’s unsuccessful bid for the GOP primary nomination for Congress, in which she said she wanted to “repeal it all and start all over again with consumer-driven” changes.
“Specifically on the issue of the Affordable Care Act, I don’t think it’s a bill that can be reformed. When we look at the consequence throughout the district, with people losing plans they liked, having to pay increased premiums and I think we’re going to see the full effect of it when the employer mandate goes in effect … I think it’s fundamentally flawed,” the News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana quoted her as saying at the time. (Rick Pearson)
*Still time to register: Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen on Tuesday wanted to remind voters they can still register, even as time has run out on the option to register by mail.
Would-be voters can register online through Oct. 21 and at early voting sites before the election, and at their polling place on Election Day.
Early voting options expand significantly on Oct. 22.
What we’re writing
*Rauner says illegal immigration contributes to Chicago gun violence at debate with Pritzker.
*Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to weigh in against Chicago police consent decree.
*What lies ahead for Jason Van Dyke — a complicated sentence, an appeal, a distant jail.
*30 years after Chicago police officer killed, city poised to name park after her.
What we’re reading
*The Better Government Association is releasing an investigation of the city’s recycling program, saying it found the Emanuel administration has allowed a private city recycling hauler to divert tons of residential plastics and paper into company owned landfills and costing taxpayers twice.
*Kanye West to dine with President Trump at the White House.
*State Journal-Register: Vice President Pence to visit Springfield for Davis fundraiser.
Follow the money
*Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s United Nations ambassador.
*Kavanaugh attends first Supreme Court hearing as new justice.
*Hurricane Michael upgraded.
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October 10, 2018 at 06:30AM