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Appearing on a candidate forum on WTTW Ch.-11 Thursday night with Republican challenger Darlene Senger, Mendoza restated that she is “focused on being comptroller.”
But she said she’s told those passing around mayoral candidacy petitions with her name that “if Bruce Rauner gets re-elected, I will be comptroller as long as he is governor because I believe that I have been the last line of defense for taxpayers in this state and I will continue to fight for them every step of the way.”
Mendoza has been one of Rauner’s most vocal critics, even contending he is a bully in her latest TV ad.
Asked if people should stop passing petitions on her behalf, Mendoza said: “I will tell you what I have told them — I’m not even going to talk about the mayor’s race until we know what happens with Bruce Rauner running for governor, and I hope to God that all of Illinois turns out to make sure we have a new administration that’s going to put people first and stop ruining our state’s finances.”
Senger, a former state representative from Naperville, said Mendoza was making the commitment because if Rauner defeats principal rival Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the Republican governor would appoint a new comptroller if Mendoza were to win re-election and win as mayor.
“There is a lot of work to do in Illinois, and we need someone to commit four years to the work that has to be done in Illinois,” Senger said.
But Mendoza contended Senger’s comments were “disingenuous” since the Republican supports eliminating the office through a constitutional amendment to merge the comptroller and state treasurer’s offices.
Mendoza’s willingness to make the commitment may say as much about her belief of who will win the governor’s race as it does about her potential candidacy for mayor. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak at the One Million Degrees Corporate Leaders Breakfast. The mayor later will make an announcement about the large lots program.
*Gov. Rauner is scheduled to be in Elgin for a Harting North America company expansion announcement.
*Democratic congressional candidate Sean Casten will campaign with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in West Chicago and Wheaton.
*U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and congressional candidate Lauren Underwood will host a discussion in Warrenville about local economic issues and federal taxes.
*Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Juliana Stratton, attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul, U.S. and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, are holding a press conference in advance of President Donald Trump‘s visit to southern Illinois.
*On Saturday, President Donald Trump will be in southern Illinois to campaign for Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost.
*On Sunday, Rauner and Pritzker will appear on WGN-AM 720’s “Sunday Spin.”
From the notebook
*Rauner changes controversial ad: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign has modified its provocative ad featuring a wedding officiant using the F-word to describe the fate of Illinois if Democrat J.B. Pritzker is elected.
In the original version, the officiant at the mock wedding of Pritzker and House Speaker Michael Madigan finishes the vows by looking straight into the camera and declaring: “By the power vested in me, I now pronounce Illinois f—–.” The character is clearly seen saying the F-word, and the “F” sound is audible before the rest of the word is bleeped out.
Now, Rauner’s campaign said it sent out a new version at the request of some TV stations in which the officiant’s mouth is pixelated to avoid showing him using the F-word.
On Wednesday night in Collinsville, Rauner told St. Louis TV station KSDK that he stood behind the ad because it cuts “through the clutter” of other political ads this late in the campaign season.
As for the use of the F-word, Rauner said, “Well, it certainly gets everyone’s attention.” He went on to defend the word’s use, saying, “I don’t condone the use of foul language, but it was deleted or beeped out or whatever the word for it is.”
Though Rauner said he doesn’t condone the use of foul language, his campaign is paying for the ad and it clearly features the required disclaimer.
Rauner said the ad wasn’t aimed at mocking same-sex marriage to gain support from social conservatives.
“The point of the ad is to get attention to those two guys being together. They are part of the Chicago political machine. Madigan runs it. Pritzker funds it,” Rauner said. (Rick Pearson)
*Alderman wants more Hispanic hiring: City Council Latino Caucus Chairman Ald. Gilbert Villegas is proposing to make the city’s technology department feel the financial pain for not making an effort to hire more Hispanics.
Villegas, 36th, said he will introduce an ordinance to cut the Department of Innovation and Technology 2019 budget by 27 percent, after officials there said during their budget hearing that just 3 percent of their contracts go to Latino firms. Figuring Chicago is around 30 percent Hispanic, Villegas wants to lower the department’s funding by the difference.
City Council budget hearings are an annual chance for black and Hispanic aldermen to vent their frustration over low minority hiring numbers throughout city government. While Villegas’ proposal stands little chance of success, he said it’s a new way to highlight the problem.
“Our community is getting tired of constantly repeating itself and thus it’s best just to start acting versus begging for fairness in contracting,” he said. (John Byrne)
*Raoul recounts “emotional” Nov. 6 in new ad: Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul has a new ad in which he recounts “emotional” Nov. 6 dates of the past.
“It’s the day 15 years ago I lost my father to cancer. Fourteen years ago, it was the day I was appointed to fill Barack Obama‘s seat in the state Senate. This year, it’s the day we vote,” Raoul says in the spot. “The day we send Donald Trump a message — that we will fight his attacks on our values, our health care, our civil rights and end his vicious assault on our decency and dignity.”
*Harold isn’t attending Trump event: Harold said she won’t be campaigning with Trump on Monday in southern Illinois.
“We have previously scheduled activities in the suburbs, campaign activities, so that’s what I’ll be doing,” Harold said.
Trump is making the trip to help Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro in his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Brendan Kelly in one of Illinois’ four hotly contested congressional races.
The Rauner campaign hasn’t yet said whether the governor will go. (Mike Riopell)
*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Christopher Mooney, political scientist at the University of Illinois and its Institute of Government and Public Affairs, to handicap the races; Pritzker and Rauner. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
What we’re writing
*Daley slams rivals Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza’s re-election runs while eyeing Chicago mayor bid as “crazy.”
*Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization.
*Sen. Marco Rubio to visit Chicago area to help Roskam raise money.
*Illinois Capitol goes on brief lockdown after substance found in men’s room.
What we’re reading
*Obama to campaign for Democrats in Milwaukee on Friday.
*FBI: Man who ran against Speaker Paul Ryan tried to buy lethal dose of a radioactive substance.
*Bankruptcy judge to OK Sears’ plans for store closing sales.
Follow the money
*Bomb investigation turns to Florida.
*Trump slams NYT iPhone report.
*Trump resumes attacks on media.
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October 26, 2018 at 05:27AM