What goes around, comes around.
Black lawmakers urged Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take back his no-tax-increase pledge because of its impact on schools, warning Monday that the position could cost him votes.
“The governor cannot take the African-American vote for granted in the general election,” said Sen. James Meeks, chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. “There is no guarantee that that vote is going to be there, especially since those individuals who are African-American, their priority is educational funding.” […]
Caucus members haven’t discussed their concerns with Blagojevich, who announced his pledge last week when he launched his re-election campaign.
“Since we had to find out about it in the press, then he’ll find out about how we feel in the press,” Meeks said.
I thought the governor’s response was interesting.
Blagojevich declined to comment, issuing a conciliatory written statement:
“We…share many of the concerns expressed today.”
And here’s that quote from Meeks that I had in this morning’s Capitol Fax:
â€œIf the governor does not take back his pledge, and if the governor is not willing to work with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, it’s a third candidate that I’m hoping will step forward,â€ Meeks said.