Susana Mendoza is already gearing up to run for another office. So what?

Yes, it’s a little unseemly that Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is likely to begin her campaign for mayor of Chicago on Wednesday morning, before she’s had a chance to brush the confetti out of her hair from her expected re-election victory party Tuesday night.

Mendoza has spent the past few months on the stump deflecting talk of a mayoral bid and saying she’s focused on being the best darn comptroller she can be. Her probable pivot will be swift and, for voters who really wanted Mendoza and only Mendoza to be signing off on state government checks these next four years, umbrage-inducing.

I’m hedging here — “likely,” “expected,” “probable” — because Saturday was the 70th anniversary of the Tribune’s famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline, and we here have ever since been cautious about saying races are over until they’re over.

Mendoza is a strong favorite to defeat her Republican challenger, former state Rep. Darlene Senger. And she’s said that if she wins, she won’t run for mayor if incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner confounds the pollsters and pulls off a Truman-style upset of his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker. If that were to happen and Mendoza were to become mayor, Rauner would have the power to appoint a Republican comptroller to serve until the next general election in 2020.

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via Opinion – Chicago Tribune

November 5, 2018 at 05:00PM

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