Democrat Susana Mendoza vs. Gov Bruce Rauner: Illinois Republican Party ‘Creepily Stalking’ Her

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The latest skirmish centers on the taxpayer cost of state vehicles used by elected leaders. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

As Democrat Susana Mendoza left the state capitol building in Springfield Thursday and entered her state-purchased vehicle, she was followed by an Illinois GOP operative who shot video of her walking to the Ford Explorer.

Republicans later tweeted about Mendoza’s “loaded,” luxurious ride. Mendoza was reported to be furious, saying in a counter-tweet that the Illinois Republican Party was “creepily stalking me.”

The GOP implication was that Illinois may be broke, but the comptroller living large with taxpayer’s funding.

Mendoza’s ride is a 2016 Ford Explorer, purchased used in January, with 16,431 miles. Total cost was $32,279.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s ride is a Ford Expedition XLT with extended length. The larger SUV was purchased new in December 2016, by the Illinois State Police, for $54,000, according to invoice provided to CBS Chicago.

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