* ABC 7…
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot received her first state-wide endorsement Thursday.
“Hello this is Senator Tammy Duckworth and I am proud to endorse my good friend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her reelection campaign,” Duckworth said in a video released by Lightfoot’s campaign.
During an unrelated news conference Governor JB Pritzker was asked if he would be endorsing Lightfoot and he gave a very non-committal response. […]
The mayor and the governor have had, at times, a very cool relationship, going back to the pandemic shutdown, but one political consultant believes Pritzker’s hesitancy could be a more practical one.
“So it buys him some time. And buying that time also allows him an opportunity to see who all is going to be in the race because I’m sure the field is not complete as of yet,” political consultant Delmarie Cobb said.
* From yesterday’s Pritzker press conference…
Q: Given Senator Duckworth’s endorsement of Mayor Lightfoot, would you be endorsing her?
A: You know, I’m engaged in my own campaign, as you know, for reelection as governor. And so, you know, those of us who live in the city of Chicago will consider the question of the mayoralty after the November election.
* From the second Pritzker press conference yesterday…
Q: Governor, do you think you could clarify the comments you made earlier today about the, what they’re calling the non endorsement for Mayor Lightfoot. Do you do plan to make any kind of endorsement in that or you’re just waiting or are you saying you’re not going to be endorsing Mayor Lightfoot?
A: I’m focused on my own election. That’s what I was saying earlier. And, we’ll all make decisions after that. Let’s get past November. There’s a February election you’re trying to project toward and I’m focused on my own.
Q: Are you saying you’re not going to endorse?
A: No. I know you’d like me to say something. Look, just because I haven’t talked about endorsements in future elections, does not mean that there isn’t the possibility of it.
Not one question was asked about his own campaign, by the way.