CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot obtained her first state-wide endorsement Thursday.
“Hiya that is Senator Tammy Duckworth and I’m proud to endorse my good good friend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her reelection marketing campaign,” Duckworth mentioned in a video launched by Lightfoot’s marketing campaign.
Throughout an unrelated information convention Governor JB Pritzker was requested if he could be endorsing Lightfoot and he gave a really non-committal response.
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“You recognize, I am engaged in my very own marketing campaign, as you realize, for reelection as governor,” Pritzker mentioned. “So, you realize, these of us who dwell within the metropolis of Chicago, we’ll take into account the query of the mayoralty after the November election.”
“The mayor can be very targeted on re-electing Gov Pritzker, as he has been an incredible companion via a few of our metropolis’s most difficult instances,” a Lightfoot marketing campaign spokeswoman mentioned in a press release.
The mayor and the governor have had, at instances, a really cool relationship, going again to the pandemic shutdown, however one political guide believes Pritzker’s hesitancy may very well be a extra sensible one.
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“So it buys him a while. And shopping for that point additionally permits him a chance to see who all goes to be within the race as a result of I am certain the sector isn’t full as of but,” political guide Delmarie Cobb mentioned.
Pritzker might have realized his lesson after his early endorsement of Anna Valencia within the Democratic major for Secretary of State which turned out to be a foul use of political capital.
“And there have been many individuals who questioned why would he come out and endorse anyone as a result of he, it is not that he needed to, and what if the particular person misplaced and on this case she did,” Cobb mentioned.
When pressed to make clear his stance on a mayoral endorsement, Pritzker left the door open to assist somebody.
“Simply because I have never talked about endorsements in future elections doesn’t imply that there is not a risk,” Pritzker mentioned at a second information convention.
The mayoral election isn’t till February, however with some political observers seeing Lightfoot as being susceptible, maybe the governor’s determination to delay an endorsement could also be political in addition to sensible.
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