A key takeaway in this election is that I am filled with a schadenfreude-like glee at one result.
Susana Mendoza came in 5th.
I wish it was 14th, personally. But I’ll take 5th.
Why, you might ask, do I care about this, as I have no connection to her, and don’t live in Chicago? That’s easy. About 4 months back, she won reelection as Comptroller for Illinois. And just over a week later announced she was running for Mayor. In my mind, she committed fraud against the voters of Illinois, and should be stripped of her position.
When someone stands for election, they are entering into an agreement with their supporters – they will do what you hired them to do. By turning around to run for another office immediately, you have betrayed that trust.
Stop laughing. I know, it is Illinois, and honest politicians are rarer than unicorns with four-leaf clovers sprouting from their horns. This is my blog, so I get to complain about what bugs me, and this is a big one.
And it isn’t just Mendoza. I was not pleased with McCain when he refused to step down from Congress to run for President in 2008. I knew he was going to get clobbered, and didn’t so he had a job, but the gesture matters.
Mendoza’s decision was especially vile since she insisted she was not running during the comptroller campaign.
Hey, Susana, if you can’t be honest getting the job, how can we trust you to be honest in the job? Oh, right. We can’t.