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All right, now that I've cooled down after completely losing my temper upon hearing that Lisa Madigan intends to run for Attorney General instead of running for Governor in 2014, I'll be the first one to admit that having to choose between Pat Quinn and Bill Daley for a Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois feels like having to choose between the lesser of two evils.

You'd figure that someone with a "reformer" image like our current governor, Pat Quinn, would be very popular in Illinois, given how many of our past governors have been blatantly corrupt. However, Quinn has never been popular in Illinois for many reasons. Republicans have no use for Quinn, because he's a Democrat and he raised the state income tax a couple of years ago, among other things. Many Democrats dislike Quinn because he signed into law special tax breaks for Sears and CME Group, two of Illinois's largest corporations, among other things.

Bill Daley, currently the only declared primary challenger to Quinn, is a full-blown corporate Democrat who is someone who could tow the line of this guy.

To be honest with you, if Lisa Madigan ran for governor, I don't think she'd win her own party's nomination for a couple of reasons. One, her dad, Mike Madigan, is the state house speaker, and, unlike Lisa, who is a VERY popular incumbent Attorney General, Mike is someone who is politically toxic outside of his state house district. Two, she was involved in a backdoor deal regarding legislation that opened up Southern Illinois to fracking operations, and Lisa would have probably gotten more of the criticism from anti-fracking activists than Quinn would, and Quinn was the one who signed the fracking legislation into law.

Now would be the best time for someone who is actually a progressive champion to announce his or her intention to run for Governor of Illinois in 2014. However, the bench of progressive-minded Democrats in Illinois is virtually non-existent, as there is a strong Democratic machine here in Illinois that can provide considerable financial support for centrist Democrats. Someone like Jan Schakowsky or David Gill would be more electable than Pat Quinn or Bill Daley.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    renzo capetti, Box of Rain, Chi

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:01:06 PM PDT

  •  ill seems 2 b lost cause failed/state. (0+ / 0-)

    Don Benedetto was murdered.-IgnazioSilone(BreadAndWine)

    by renzo capetti on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:10:05 PM PDT

  •  Stick with Quinn. If Daley is truly as bad as you (4+ / 0-)

    Say he is, then stay with Quinn.  He was handed a bad hand after Blgojevich so I always felt bad for that guy.  No offense to people from Illinois, big fan of Chicago's comedy scene, but your state government has quite a history of corruption and I can imagine its a lot to handle.  I think if Quinn really puts his head in the game, he can still win this race.  It will be tight but still possible.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:25:02 PM PDT

    •  I know how crooked this state is (0+ / 0-)

      Even Jim Edgar wasn't a clean saint...after all, he used the political patronage system to hand out government jobs.

      I'd vote for Quinn over Daley provided that Quinn actually runs for re-election (he's announced his intention to do so, but he hasn't hit the campaign trail yet). If someone who is more progressive than Quinn enters the race, I'd vote for him or her.

      "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:48:09 PM PDT

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  •  T&R for (1+ / 0-)
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    David Gill!

    What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through?

    by Box of Rain on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:26:07 PM PDT

  •  Governors in Illinois serve two terms. One in (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, PhilK, newliberl

    office and one in Joliet.  Illinois is one of the most corrupt states ever.  And the corruption goes back a long time and doesn't matter which party.  

    Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    by thestructureguy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:27:36 PM PDT

  •  Lisa knows if she ran she'd get HUGE blowback (0+ / 0-)

    about her father.

    She's waiting until 2016 to run against Kirk.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:17:58 PM PDT

  •  I'm voting for Quinn. (1+ / 0-)
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    Box of Rain

    He's a good man.

    Admittedly, he has the charisma of a dust bunny, but I'll never turn down a chance to vote for a good man or woman.

  •  Why don't you run, DD? (0+ / 0-)

    I'll vote for you... maybe. :)

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:07:49 PM PDT

    •  Not eligible until 2018 (0+ / 0-)

      Illinois has a minimum age to run for governor (25 years old), and my 25th birthday is a couple of months after the 2014 gubernatorial election.

      "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 07:48:57 AM PDT

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  •  What about one of the Dem Congresscritters? (1+ / 0-)
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    They'd have a ready-made base, and surely they could do a better job than Quinn or Daley.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 09:34:41 PM PDT

    •  I named one of them in the diary (0+ / 0-)

      Jan Schakowsky represents a congressional district that mostly consists of suburban Cook County.

      The only state legislator in Illinois that I know of who has been called "progressive" is Dave Koehler, who represents a state senate district that includes Peoria.

      Robin Kelly is another Democratic congressperson who is progressive(ish), and, unlike Schakowsky, she's run a statewide campaign before (albeit one in which she lost to a Republican in 2010).

      WCIA-TV (CBS affiliate in Champaign) reported that the ISRA (basically the Illinois state-level affiliate of the NRA) was looking for a Democrat that is even more conservative than Quinn or Daley to run for governor (probably either Debbie Halvorson or John Bradley). Halvorson went on FOX News to try to get Republicans to vote in a Democratic primary for her the last time she ran for public office (against Robin Kelly in the IL-2 congressional special election this year), and Bradley has been known to use his state legislative campaign war chest for personal expenses. Neither of those are candidates who can win a statewide race in Illinois.

      The Democratic Party of Illinois, quite frankly, needs to be cleaned out..and, by that, I mean purging all of the moderates, conservatives, crooks, and corporate stooges from the party.

      "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 09:32:46 PM PDT

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