Comptroller's ride is on back of taxpayers, GOP claims
Most people would agree that public officials should be seen among the public, but State Comptroller Susana Mendoza might have pushed her luck after being spotted in a $32,000 SUV recently.
The Illinois Republican Party immediately jumped at the chance to point out that someone who ran on a promise of prioritizing what payments are made and to whom might not have been including herself.
Mendoza waited only "weeks into office to buy herself a $32,000 luxury featured SUV, sending her staff with a check to pay for the car in full," the GOP said in a statement. "Listing records reveal that [House Speaker Mike] Madigan's (D-Chicago) comptroller spent taxpayer dollars to get herself a “LOADED” SUV with heated leather seats, navigation, and a power liftgate -- luxury features paid for by you, the taxpayer."
Video footage of Mendoza’s vehicle showed her approaching and entering the car in an outdoor parking lot. A description provided by Capitol Fax touted the SUV as a limited edition 4x4 with 20-inch wheels, a third-row seat and rear-view camera.
Following the GOP’s posting of the video, Mendoza tweeted: “Way to creepily stalk me” and criticized the observer for not speaking to her.