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Mendoza for mayor petitions circulated

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

* Saturday…

* I also received a photo of this person’s clipboard. The photo I have came from the Daley campaign, but it didn’t include the 1060 W. Addison address (Wrigley Field), so it apparently was from slightly earlier in the day…

* Sun-Times

Supporters of Susana Mendoza have begun circulating nominating petitions to get her on the ballot in the crowded race for Chicago mayor — but the Illinois comptroller still insists she’s only focused on the reelection campaign to keep her current job.

The petitions were passed around Saturday at the downtown “Women’s March to the Polls” by volunteers from a committee formed last month to “draft” Mendoza to run for mayor, an effort led by former U.S. Civil Rights Commission chairman Marty Castro.

A Mendoza spokesman declined to comment on Saturday. Mendoza has said she’s “flattered” by calls for her to jump in the race, but is “entirely focused on her reelection campaign as comptroller.”


When asked on October 3rd if she would run for Mayor, Susana Mendoza responded, “I’m not lying to you when I tell you I’m not even close to making a decision on that.” Just 10 days later, reports surfaced of petitions being circulated for Mendoza’s Chicago mayoral run. Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling issued the following in response:

    “Just 10 days ago Mendoza told journalists that she wasn’t even close to making a decision on running for mayor, but today her campaign is circulating petitions to run for Mayor next year. One principle has held true during Mendoza’s 17 years in public office - she has always put her own advancement first. Mendoza’s current deceptions and lies are obvious proof points to her continuation of putting her own self-service ahead of public service.” - Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling

* Related…

* Republican comptroller candidate says she would ‘commit to Illinois’: “She should be fair with people and commit to Illinois, and right now what’s happening, the firm commitment is not to Illinois,” Senger said. “Her commitment has always been … to her ambition and the city of Chicago. She’s from Chicago. She’s been a state representative under (Speaker of the House Michael Madigan) for 10 years, she was the city clerk of Chicago and now comptroller, so I’m looking at this as a situation where we’re really not rolling up our sleeves and getting the work we need to get done in the state of Illinois.”

* Republican Candidate for Illinois Comptroller visits Quincy: Senger said Mendoza seems to be more interested in running for Mayor of Chicago instead of running for re-election, commenting on a recent ad from her. “Really a different kind of ad at this phase in the campaign, it’s all about ‘I’m hard as nails’, she wears a shirt that looks like the flag of Chicago, so in appearance it looks like she’s trying to get her name out there running for mayor already,” said Senger.

* Illinois comptroller candidate: Susana Mendoza: Mendoza said she has not decided if she will run for mayor of Chicago. Current Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently annouced he would not run for re-election. Mendoza could win comptroller and still have time to file papers to run for mayor by the Nov. 26 deadline. The Chicago municipal election is Feb. 26.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Just Me - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:27 am:

    I’d bet real money that if she wins, the democrats and JB pass a special bill allowing JB to pick her successor for Comptroller, and that person would get to finish the 4-year term.

  2. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    I’m calling it now - if Mendoza gets elected Mayor, Pat Quinn runs for Comptroller in the 2020 special election, which will make him 6/6 in running for Statewide Office (7/7 if you include US Senator)

  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    –the 1060 W. Addison address (Wrigley Field),–

    Nice to see Elwood Blues engaged again in the political process.

    The last time he pulled that stunt it was on the Illinois Nazi Party (link has one naughty word).

  4. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    I mean 6/6 in terms of running for all 6 Constitutional Officers, not 6/6 in terms of winning of course.

  5. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    ===would get to finish the 4-year term===

    Why would they ever do that? The best thing to do is what they did last time. Make it a two-year term and put it in the presidential cycle.

    Sheesh. Your tinfoil hat is on so tight it’s cut off circulation to your brain.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:33 am:


    Mendoza has done an admirable job for Illinois, been a crusader in government where Rauner failed, and a bipartisan champion for good government, getting her agenda passes in the General Assembly by large bipartisan vote totals, veto-proof vote totals.

    Darlene Senger wanted to blame the 14 deaths at the Quincy Home on a combat wounded veteran who was long gone from the agency.

    So… there’s that.

    Dear Raunerite Party,

    When you run candidates like Darlene Senger, why should I take you seriously that you take the office of Comptroller seriously too?

  7. - 47th Ward - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    1060 W Addison. That’s priceless.

  8. - NIU Grad - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    Grand Avenue - He probably has a constitutional officer punch card for a free coffee somewhere. Everybody in!

    Next steps: I think we’ll soon be seeing a major oppo dump on Toni to begin media speculation of more candidates jumping in to seriously challenge her. While she’s been in the public eye for so long, there has not been serious public attention on her management of the county.

  9. - low level - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    I was there for a while and the main thing was the people passing Preckwinkle’s petitions. They were out in force and it was impressive.

    Also was surprised to a a guy passing for Melissa Conyears-Ervin for city Treasurer against Kurt Summers. All she has to do is say she is running against “Rahm’s hand picked” person and that will be enough for many.

    I didnt hang out for the whole thing, but I didnt see Mendoza clipboards. Susanna was there, of course. And as usual she spoke for waaaay too long. God Bless her but I cant see her as Mayor.

  10. - Just Me - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:49 am:

    Rich, they would change the law again so that Mendoza’s replacement wouldn’t even need to run during the Presidential cycle at all.

  11. - NoGifts - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:53 am:

    I love her new soccer playing add.

  12. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    who knew Clark Addison was such a huge Mendoza supporter?

  13. - VanillaMan - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:57 am:

    Mendoza’s her own number one fan.

  14. - Leatherneck - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:03 pm:

    - 47th Ward - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    1060 W Addison. That’s priceless.

    Unless pre-2016 there were a bunch of Cub fans that wanted to have their remains kept at Wrigley in hopes of helping their World Series chances.

  15. - My New Handle - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:05 pm:

    Pick a lane and commit to it. I don’t to vote for a candidate that does not really want the office. Explain how being dubious about your intentions is fair to voters. Thank you.

  16. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:06 pm:

    ===wouldn’t even need to run during the Presidential cycle at all===

    And that would be smart… why? Putting the replacement in during a presidential cycle would build name ID and give him/her a big leg up.

  17. - Ok - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:15 pm:

    Is that Fred Bates the same who is the chair of Friends of the Parks?

    We’ll never know, I guess.

  18. - West Wing - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:20 pm:

    Downstate editorial boards may take their frustration out on Susana who won’t commit to the term as Comptroller. She’s asking for endorsements, but won’t commit to the job she’s seeking endorsements for. No wonder Illinois — in this case, Chicago — politics looks so sleazy.

  19. - Because I said so.... - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    I also think Mendoza’s soccer commercial is great. The first thing I noticed was she is wearing a shirt with the Chicago flag on it. Going to re-use that commercial down the road?

  20. - From the 'Dale to HP - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:24 pm:

    IL GOP should shift pretty much all their resources to this race imo. Only real shot they have at having something in state government for the next two years, but most likely, four. But probably too late at this point?

  21. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:32 pm:

    ===Pick a lane and commit to it. I don’t to vote for a candidate that does not really want the office. Explain how being dubious about your intentions is fair to voters. Thank you.===

    By that same logic you should be saying the same thing about Toni Preckwinkle.

  22. - Southfarmllama - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:44 pm:

    I like her in general, but I really don’t like the politicians running for multiple positions. Pick something and commit to it.

  23. - My New Handle - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    “…same thing about Toni Preckwinkle.”
    Is she running statewide? I don’t live in Cook County.

  24. - Shytown - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    There were a ton of folks passing for Susana at the march (and passing for other candidates as well) and Toni’s people are bouncing off the walls because of it given the general arrogance of that team (starts at the top). They think she should get to walk right into the job. The city needs a new name at City Hall that’s not Daley and not an old-school Chicago Dem who’s been parading as a progressive for the past 40 years.

  25. - Mama - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    Susana Mendoza, please don’t run for Chicago mayor. Stay with the State Comptroller’s office. If you still want to be mayor in 4 years, go for it.

  26. - low level - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    Toni’s people were “bouncing off the walls”. Not really.

    Generally, the day was highlighted by people meeting and general “hey, havent seen you in a while” type activity.

    “Phony progressive, “ etc etc etc. interesting. Im undecided but were I a strong supporter of one of the other candidates, I might point out Mendoza’s reliance on Daley, Burke, Madigan, over the years. Thats, um, hardly indicative of progressive tendancies, but whatever.

  27. - Jake From Elwood - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    In my opinion, a person running for two offices should be elected to neither. Divided loyalties and all that rot.

  28. - Sauce for the Goose - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    Good point Boone’s: If Toni Preckwinkle is the front-runner - and she’s on the Nov. 6 ballot for Cook County Board President, why is all the Faux Outrage about Nobody’s-ever-run-for-re-election-with-their-eye-on-another-office-before directed at Susana? Where are the posts and tweets savaging Toni? And if there are none, isn’t that a pretty good clue that all this Faux Outrage is coming from Toni’s camp?

  29. - Bobio - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 2:19 pm:

    Whatever happened with her and Quarters?

  30. - Ronzo - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 2:35 pm:

    Quarters was sentenced to life.

  31. - Comparison Shopper - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    Let me get this straight: ILGOP and their candidate Darlene Senger think so little of the Comptroller’s office that they have her running on a platform of abolishing it — and they question Comptroller Mendoza’s commitment to the office?

  32. - 5th Floor - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    I thought someone could potentially get elected without a runoff. Now I don’t think that is possible. She will be a tough candidate but she won’t win.

  33. - theCardinal - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 4:29 pm:

    25000 thousand plus signatures (pick your number) x whats the count now ? 17 = 425000. That has got to be 25% of the registered (if not more) that ARE signing a petition for Mayor. Calling all elections lawdawgs petition challenges pay well.

  34. - anon - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    mendoza is no progressive. to the commenter who mentioned how quickly the petition signer jumped when given the opportunity to sign the petition for the person running against Rahm’s hand picked treasurer, expect this same treatment for mendoza. you cannot lay that same nonsense on toni. you can hit her with the berrios stuff, and the madigan stuff, but you cannot hit her with the Rahm stuff! Mendoza is no progressive!

  35. - Shytown - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    Low level…Toni’s aligned with Joe Berrios, Victor Reyes, John Kelly, the Rands, etc. Not such a “progressive” bunch.

  36. - Ed Equity - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 4:51 pm:

    Hard to imagine what other candidate could galvanize the women’s vote, bring in progressives, be a leader for Latinos, Latinas and Latinx, and get the support of the Catholics too.

  37. - Druid Eye - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 5:34 pm:

    I’m not convinced Mendoza gets more votes that Gary Chico. He didn’t do that bad last time. Regardless, whether it’s Toni or Susana..there’s something unsavory about running for 2 Offices. Hard to say who will emerge in a crowded field.

  38. - Last Bull Moose - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 6:31 pm:

    Better a competent person running for two offices than an incompetent running for one.

  39. - Schocked - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 7:37 pm:

    Will her pal Schock be campaigning for her - returning the favor?

  40. - Southside Markie - Monday, Oct 15, 18 @ 8:56 pm:

    == Is that Fred Bates the same who is the chair of Friends of the Parks? We’ll never know, I guess. =

    Or is it this Fred Bates?

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