* Gov. Pat Quinn was asked about the possibility of Lisa Madigan running for governor…
“You have to deal with the House, if you’re governor, every single day, and I think it’s important that no members have conflicts of interest, and those who are in executive office shouldn’t have conflicts of interest,” Quinn said. “Especially as we clean up from my two predecessors, who are still in jail right now at the same time, we want to clean up government.”
Suggesting that Lisa Madigan could wind up in prison because of conflicts of interest between herself and the Speaker ain’t gonna go down too well.
* Expect to see more of this type of coverage as long as Lisa is considering a bid…
With the recent failures in the House to come up with comprehensive pension reform, some Springfield observers have suggested Speaker Madigan might be dragging his feet, and setting the stage for his daughter to ride in on a white horse and solve the state’s biggest problems.
“I work with the Speaker of the House, the President of Senate on all kinds of legislation. I presume that everything they do is for the people of Illinois, the common good,” Quinn said.
If this prison talk continues from Quinn, there will be problems during spring session. Guaranteed.
* Steve Brown’s response…
Asked if that would be a conflict of interest, Mike Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said, “That will be dealt with if and when it happens.”
“That was effectively dealt with 10 years ago when voters overwhelmingly elected Lisa to Attorney General. She has worked well with the Speaker,” Brown added. “There’s no conflict.”
*** UPDATE *** I just talked to Brown. Some of what he said will be saved for subscribers on Monday.
But he did claim that CBS2’s reported quote “That will be dealt with if and when it happens” was not in its proper context. Brown says that he wasn’t responding to a question about a conflict of interest, but about Speaker Madigan’s possible retirement if Lisa Madigan runs.
[ *** End Of Update *** ]
* Meanwhile, I am not yet convinced that Bill Daley will run for governor if Lisa Madigan does…
Bill Daley on Thursday essentially fired the opening shot against potential gubernatorial rival Lisa Madigan in what could be the “Clash of the Titans” of Illinois primaries.
Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times he didn’t want to come off as giving advice to the Madigans but said Lisa Madigan needs a “game plan” to answer questions about possible conflicts in running for the state’s top job while her father remains one of the most politically powerful men in Illinois.
Daley, a former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary under President Bill Clinton, said that his familial relationship with his brother, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, factored into his reasoning for not running for Illinois office in the past.
“It had to. The City of Chicago plays such a big part in the state, his persona as mayor for umpteen years would obviously be an issue, good or bad. I think the same thing applies to the [attorney] general,” Daley said. “I’m not giving them advice. I assume they would have to deal with that up front. She would be smart enough politically … She’d have to answer you guys when you say: ‘How does this work?’ Then the voters have to decide whether they buy it.”
* At the bottom of the story…
At the Democratic National Convention last year, Michael Madigan said he had no intention of retiring and, if his daughter were interested in a 2014 gubernatorial bid, nothing would stop her from aiming for the Executive Mansion while he is in control of the Illinois House.
“Why not?” he asked. “Why not?”
* And Fran Spielman looks at the Daley-Madigan history…
Bill Daley and Lisa Madigan both have a history of flirting with running for higher office, only to have it dissolve into a political tease.
But — if it’s real this time and two of the most powerful political families in Chicago and Illinois history actually do square off in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary — it’ll be a dramatic crescendo to a decades-long family feud.
I think the relationship between Speaker Madigan and Mayor Daley is a complicated one. Like two brothers. Rod Blagojevich tried to get between the two men and peel off Daley when he was warring with Madigan. I told the governor it wouldn’t work. They fight each other like brothers, but get between them and they’ll turn together and fight you. And that’s what happened. Remember this?…
Mayor Richard Daley said Monday that Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s claim the mayor and the CTA are misleading the public about transit funding problems is “cuckoo.”
Daley quickly followed up his one-word response by saying he was “not getting into an argument” with Blagojevich.
“He’s arguing with everybody in America,” Daley said of the governor.