Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza endorsed gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker in the Democratic primary.
The comptroller made the announcement in Springfield at the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 193. The State Journal Register reports Mendoza claimed she’d seen the damage firsthand from the nearly two-year state budget impasse. She also claimed it was caused by incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner's "inability to govern."
"I decided to make an endorsement for governor because I understand what is at stake,” she said.
“There is no one who has done more to hold this governor responsible than Susana Mendoza,” Pritzker said. “Those who underestimate Susana, do so at their own risk.”
Her endorsement follows that of Secretary of State Jesse White and a variety of labor unions. The Illinois Republican Party released a statement accusing Mendoza of simply following orders from House Speaker Michael Madigan.
"Madigan is steamrolling all opposition to Pritzker and Susana Mendoza is playing her part as a cog in Madigan’s corrupt Chicago machine." GOP spokesman Aaron DeGroot said.