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Hynes campaign shoots back

Friday, Jul 24, 2009

* Democratic Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes responds to criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn that Hynes was “a no-show when it counts” on the budget…

Statement from Dan Hynes’ Campaign Spokesman Mike Rendina on Governor Quinn’s Negative Attack

“Governor Quinn is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. After Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn spent 6 years in silence watching Rod Blagojevich drive our state into a ditch it is puzzling that he describes a 50% income tax increase on Illinois families as leadership. Comptroller Hynes sent Governor Quinn two letters this past year laying out $1.2 billion in cuts along with alternative revenue sources and urged the Governor not to incite panic in order to pass a 50% tax increase on the backs of working families. While Quinn flip-flopped on his own plans for the last six months, he couldn’t find the time to read either letter.”


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - What's in a name? - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:15 pm:

    This is gonna be fun.

    I’m guessing Hynes has charted the first 10 plays.

  2. - Fantasma - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:23 pm:


  3. - Tex - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:26 pm:

    man… even his comebacks are boring.

  4. - A Citizen - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:26 pm:

    The voters are going to get so sick and tired of all this negativity, bickering, and carping by all the Dems that they will vote a Republican in just for a fresh start to recovery. And besides, the Republicans are just nice guys . . . and gals!

  5. - Sewanee - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:27 pm:

    How much of a working relationship do the Governor and the Comptroller usually have? Will there be some cross-table glares in upcoming meetings?

  6. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:27 pm:


    Nicely worded and STRONG, yet respectful of governor quinn.

  7. - 10th Indy - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:28 pm:

    Round 1 - Hynes

  8. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:29 pm:

    Hynes has got a quiver full of arrows. Quinn should have stayed on his positive messages for a few more months before picking a fight with the guy who can beat him.

    Quinn should be talking about Capital=jobs and all his other feel good messages. Accusing your opponent of staying on the sidelines doesn’t sound like a winning message to me.

    Having the courage to push for a tax increase reminds me of another candidate for governor who was a “straight shooter”.

  9. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:33 pm:

    Hynes 1, Quinn 0

    If topinka had done this, we might have a differen gov today.

  10. - sal-says - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:33 pm:

    Unless he third-rails, Hynes could be as good as anybody.

  11. - Shore - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:36 pm:

    This is 2 lieutenants on the titanic arguing over who put the ship into the iceberg after the thing goes underwater. We need to be rid of the both of them.

  12. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:41 pm:

    Quinn: “…a lot of financial people in government, I didn’t hear from. I didn’t hear anything.”

    Hynes (Rendina): “Hynes sent Governor Quinn two letters this past year laying out $1.2 billion in cuts along with alternative revenue sources… he couldn’t find the time to read either letter.”

    Captain, Road Prison 36 (Cool Hand Luke): What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. “

  13. - Alice - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:42 pm:

    So, am I assuming correctly that there will be no exciting candidates for guv this year?

  14. - Yellow Dog - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:43 pm:

    Quinn’s mistakes, in no particular order:

    1) Making the election about his tax increase;
    2) Being so obviously wrong on the facts;
    3) Blaming the other guy for not governing when you are, in fact, The Governor.

    Did I miss anything?

  15. - Yellow Dog - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:44 pm:

    oh yeah:

    4) Acknowledging Dan Hynes, who has big name recognition problems, and putting him in the news.

  16. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:49 pm:

    Words comment reminded me of something:

    === Hynes said he prepared the report to help Gov. Pat Quinn get a picture of state finances as the governor puts together a budget plan for the fiscal year that will start July 1. The budget plan is supposed to be done by Feb. 18, but lawmakers are going to give Quinn an extra month to complete it.

    Quinn met with Hynes to go over the report Wednesday, but Quinn declined to discuss how he will deal with the deficit.====

    (SJ-R 2/5/09)

    Interesting, back in Feb Hynes tried to actually discuss the budget with Quinn, and Quinn refused the discussion….

  17. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:53 pm:

    Ghost, I think that’s a mischaracterization of the story. Quinn wouldn’t talk to reporters, not Hynes. Read down two grafs…

    ===Hynes, too, ducked questions about how he would plug the budget hole or if the deficit can be erased without raising income or sales taxes.===

  18. - Inish - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:53 pm:

    I agree- nice response without it breaking into emotionally charged rhetoric. Vanilla as you may see him- Hynes can be seen as the voice of reason amongst a group of fighting tweens if he pushes back but doesn’t get sucked in- It could- it is too early to go negative.

  19. - You Go Boy - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:54 pm:

    Round(house) 1 Hynes

  20. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:54 pm:

    I hope that the Hynes statement made it out before the taping of Chicago Tonight’s Week in Review. And, if it did, or even if it did not, I hope that Carlos Hernandez Gomez is one of the panelist—he tells the truth—the BRUTAL truth. I like him.


  21. - Responsa - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:55 pm:

    You know, I make it a habit never to start watching American Idol while the early eliminations are going on and only tune in for the REAL competition between the final six or so. I’m starting to think that may be a good approach for the 2010 elections, too

  22. - Rob_N - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:58 pm:

    A Citizen, “And besides, the Republicans are just nice guys . . . and gals!”

    Joking right? Have you heard of Dan Proft?


    Please spell out for us how you think Hynes ran our ship of state in the iceberg?

    The Comptroller’s office (whether R or D) neither proposes budgets nor votes on budgets.

    Regardless, Hynes did send up several red flags (and did so while Blago was gov too) pointing out where he thought finances were going out of whack and suggestions on how to improve.

    But he has no legal stick with which to beat some sense into the gov’s office or legislature.

  23. - Ulysses - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 3:59 pm:

    Pretty darn good response.

  24. - party of one - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:04 pm:

    “if Topinka had done this we might have a different gov”

    I wish that were so…but the reality is that paid media, particularly at the rate blago was buying it, overshadows earned media everytime. But at least Hynes starts with a big financial advantage. That should make a huge diffence.

  25. - Joshua - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:06 pm:

    Wow, that’s a fastball at Quinn’s teeth. Sounds like Hynes has entrenched his position on the income tax increase. While I think a slightly softer, classier, more stately reply would have been more appropriate, this counters some impressions held of Hynes, namely that he’s a boring, push-over tinkerbell.

  26. - Inish - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:12 pm:

    Besides- milk toast might be the right medicine after years of greasy sausage…….

  27. - Niles Township - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:31 pm:

    Now if only Hynes could be articulate as his staff you might have a race, but I doubt he will suddently become an exciting speaker.

  28. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:37 pm:

    ahhh! My bad. Misinterpreted the reporters commentary seperated by the comma.

  29. - Chi Gal - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:40 pm:

    – Niles Township - Now if only Hynes could be articulate as his staff you might have a race, but I doubt he will suddenly become an exciting speaker. –

    That is ok, his daddy will keep him well scripted!

  30. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:48 pm:

    That is a very good response, and a start.

  31. - Amy - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:50 pm:

    oh, Chi Gal is oh so right…the Empire Strikes Back. soon we will be treated to all sorts of ’80s retro….daddy hynes and the 1987 election for Mayor in Chicago, Peg Roth (Assistant Comptroller) running for City Treasurer with daddy hynes, who is pulling the strings. it’s gonna get detailed and down and dirty. meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  32. - Altgeld's Ghost - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:52 pm:

    It seems like both these guys have tin ears to the concerns of regular Illinoisans. Maybe they should sit in the cheap seats at the Cell or take a subway ride without the press corps as escorts and they will hear that people think the entire ship of state has been corrupted and their circular firing squad remarks today only adds to that thinking. Quinn waxed poetic about kennedy today, but let his teeth show against Hynes. typical of a man without the dicipline to win a difficult modern media campaign. Hynes, stiill remebering his 17% in 2004, wants to throw off the milk toast moniker and come out fighting. Why I oughta, why I oughta … Positively Popeyean

  33. Pingback ArchPundit | More Like It - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 4:58 pm:

    […] Rich has Dan Hynes’ response to Governor Quinn and it’s decidedly un-Hynes like: Statement from Dan Hynes’ Campaign Spokesman Mike Rendina on Governor Quinn’s Negative Attack […]

  34. - The Ref! - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 5:59 pm:

    I’m calling this one for Hynes. We can cry and whine all we want. I think we’re about to see a different kind of Dan. He has been promised another $1.5 million. Rich is right…People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  35. - Lloyd Dobbler - Friday, Jul 24, 09 @ 6:01 pm:

    Quinn hung a cookie and Hynes camp hit it out of the park.

  36. - John Doe - Saturday, Jul 25, 09 @ 4:15 am:

    Quinn’s response about Hynds:Correct & Accurate
    Hynd’s response about Quinn: Correct & Accurate

    Both Hynds and Quinn have me convinced that they are both right regarding their allegations about each other. Thanks, fellas! Now I know that I shouldn’t vote for either one of you for Governor of Illinois on November 2, 2010. You both certainly managed to convince me that you are both incompetent political hacks. Are you telling us that we should vote Republican so that Illinois can correct the horrible financial mess that you Democrats have left us with? Okay, a Republican candidate is obviously the way to vote this next election for real “Change”.

  37. - DzNts - Saturday, Jul 25, 09 @ 8:16 pm:

    So, by Quinn’s logic, he would have welcomed Hynes’ leadership and input into crafting a budget that Quinn would have been accountable for managing? That makes no logical sense. Quinn is quickly approaching the same problems his predecessor had: 1) a short memory; and 2) he can’t distinguish between campaiging and governing.

    After years of massive PR machines in the Governor’s office, including Quinn, it would be refreshing to see someone like Hynes or Bill Brady who is more interested in solving problems than issuing press releases.

  38. - freddy - Saturday, Jul 25, 09 @ 9:33 pm:

    Hurry up Chris Kennedy and save the day!

  39. - anon - Saturday, Jul 25, 09 @ 11:15 pm:

    Hynes is boring. Quinn’s right. I certainly can’t come up with any recollections of where Hynes was on the Budget. Also, Hynes has his problems with the cemeteries. All Quinn has to do is run a few commercials on all the tough cemetery oversight legislation Hynes had sponsored as Comptroller the last several years. The answer is none. It gets just a little old and boring that the cemetery lobby was just so tough. Are you a leader or what? Quinn will have some problems with the tax increase issue, but he should have no problem with Hynes in the Dem Primary.

  40. - anon - Saturday, Jul 25, 09 @ 11:20 pm:

    Amy, was Hynes’s Assistant Comptroller Peg Roth on the ticket as Treasurer that was going to run against Harold Washington?

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