Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger flubbed a multiplication quiz at the Illinois State Fair last week after questioning her opponent’s math skills, the Chicago Tribune reported.
During one of her two speeches at the state fair last week, Munger claimed her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, might not be “good at math.”
In response, Chicago Inc. gave a multiplication quiz to both candidates during the fair. Munger, who was appointed comptroller by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2014, had a difficult time answering two of the three rudimentary problems after boasting about receiving a master’s in business and managing an $800 million company.
After being asked what eight times seven was, Munger responded, “eight sevens is 72,” before correctly answering, “no, 56.”
She was then asked what nine threes are, before answering “53.”
“No, nine threes,” Munger said. “Why are you doing this to me?”
The interviewer explained that the comptroller had called into question Mendoza’s math skills and that a simple test seemed fair.
“Nine threes are 27,” Munger responded correctly. Additionally, the comptroller also correctly answered the final question: What is eight times four?
After the quiz, Munger explained “it’s hot and I’ve been up a long time today."
Mendoza was given the same quiz a day later and answered all the questions correctly.
“I’m good at math,” Mendoza said.
The clerk took a shot at the comptroller after being told that Munger only answered one of the three questions correctly.
"Are you for real,” Mendoza asked. “That’s awesome! Sorry, I’m three for three. Tell (Munger), I’m definitely better than she is."