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An inauspicious beginning

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column

“Off topic? I can’t imagine what that would be,” cracked Gov. Pat Quinn last week during a news conference.

Just hours before, his lieutenant governor had announced that she would not be Quinn’s 2014 running mate.

Quinn usually does a pretty good job during his news conferences of persuading reporters to wait to ask off-topic questions until all questions about the subject at hand have been asked. Last week was no exception.

Quinn was holding the session with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss her conditional approval in allowing Illinois to move forward with an online health insurance exchange — a major step toward implementing the president’s national health care plan.

“You could get caught by stray bullets,” Quinn jokingly warned the folks who had gathered with him to make the announcement. “You don’t have to be part of the firing squad.”

He knew what was coming. Earlier in the morning, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had released a poll showing that Quinn was badly trailing Lisa Madigan in a hypothetical primary election match.

By midmorning, the late U.S. senator’s daughter, Sheila, had announced that she wouldn’t be running with him again for lieutenant governor. Simon’s aides say she didn’t know about the poll from her late father’s think tank, but the rich irony wasn’t lost on those of us who watch these things.

Simon was chosen in 2010 by Quinn after Democratic primary voters made the unfortunate mistake of nominating a pawn broker with a rather “colorful” past by the name of Scott Lee Cohen. After details of Cohen’s alleged assault of a massage parlor girlfriend/lover emerged, he was pressured to drop out of the race.

Quinn didn’t pick Simon for her political acumen. She had lost a Carbondale mayor’s race that pretty much everybody thought was in the bag.

Instead, she was chosen mainly for her name. The governor still idolizes her father, and that name is still held in high esteem among older Democrats.

Simon, however, seemed to chafe at times under Quinn’s leadership. He demanded too much control of her budget. She had to fight for every dime, every hire, every square inch of office space.

As with most of her predecessors, Simon found that being lieutenant governor wasn’t worth much.

It doesn’t take a political scientist to see that Quinn could very well be doomed in 2014. He barely won four years ago against a weak Republican candidate, mainly because he convinced voters that his heart was in the right place.

But after four years on the job, the public strongly dislikes him. The Simon Institute’s recent poll pegged his job approval rating at just 32.8 percent. Other polls have shown even worse numbers.

Anyway, back to last week’s big announcement by Simon. Usually with these sorts of announcements, some sort of groundwork is done beforehand. A newspaper is given a tip, for instance. Top insiders are told what to expect.

That didn’t happen this time. I’d told my subscribers several days before that Simon was planning to run for another office and that Quinn was rumored to be looking for a black running mate, but that didn’t come directly from inside. Some top Quinn staffers were completely caught off guard by last week’s announcement, which just fueled the fires.

So, the mainstream media wasn’t kind, and the poll’s timing didn’t help matters much. The fact that Quinn didn’t appear with Simon at her announcement further underscored the curiosity of the whole thing.

Word from inside is that Simon told Quinn in December that she had set her sights on state comptroller. But she reportedly assumed that Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka would be retiring. Not happening.

So, now on her radar screen is state treasurer, which will be an open contest if Republican Dan Rutherford pulls the trigger on running for governor, or attorney general if Democrat Lisa Madigan decides to move up to governor.

For Quinn, though, last week’s optics were terrible. Three straight polls have now shown him doing very poorly against Madigan. His lieutenant governor abruptly announces that she’s abandoning him without even knowing where she’ll land.

And he was left to face reporters alone on what should have been a major news day for him.

This was, to say the least, not an auspicious beginning for Quinn’s re-election effort.

* Related…

* Finke: First you’re up, then you’re down

* Erickson: Politicos jockey for state’s top job: “This is odd. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s very different, and I’m really surprised. You know, look, her good name helped her get the position she’s in, and I think her good work has kept her there. Now she’s going to go out and test the waters to see if her name that she’s developed is electable, and boy, I’m not yet sure,” Jacobs said Wednesday.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


11 Comments
  1. - cassandra - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 9:32 am:

    Why would she assume that JBT would retire, I wonder. Ageism?

    With both Joe Biden and Hillary widely believed to be serious candidates for the presidency in 2016, such assumptions are more and more out of touch with current realities. What happens on the national stage, filters down.


  2. - Esquire - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 9:35 am:

    I believe that Judy Baar Topinka will not retire from office until she is voted out or carried out. She enjoys being in the mix too much and elected office is almost her entire life.


  3. - Dirty Red - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 9:51 am:

    A Google search or a couple phone calls would’ve told her JBT was running again.


  4. - dang - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 9:56 am:

    I wonder if PQ listens to 2 Pac “me against the world” when he cruises around. He is a good dancer though, love that video of him dancing to the blackhawks song the year they won it all.


  5. - dang - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 9:58 am:

    I got nothing to lose, it’s just me against the world, baby, me against the world… Rip 2 Pac. Fight on PQ.


  6. - Shore - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    “Simon, however, seemed to chafe at times under Quinn’s leadership. He demanded too much control of her budget. She had to fight for every dime, every hire, every square inch of office space”

    He elevated her, but he still needed her and this seems absurd to do. She could have been a force, but I’m not really sold on her personal political skills and appeal.


  7. - belmont cragin - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    At the time, Illinois and PQ needed to promote good government and reform credentials. Simon did that. Now the state and PQ need financial/budget acumen. Simon is not that. It’s time.


  8. - Robert the Bruce - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 11:49 am:

    Her resigning is bad enough for Quinn. I wonder if she’d endorse Lisa Madigan? That could really hurt the Quinn-as-the-reformer argument.


  9. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 1:54 pm:

    Robert, I think the Quinn-the-reformer argument jumped the shark several hacks or one giant python ago.


  10. - soccermom - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    Dang - Let’s hope so:

    Don’t ever change, keep your essence
    The power is in the people and politics we address
    Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic
    And when you get stranded
    And things don’t go the way you planned it
    Dreamin of riches, in a position of makin’ a difference
    Politicians and hypocrites, they don’t wanna listen …

    It’s just me against the world


  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 19, 13 @ 3:28 pm:

    - soccermom -

    Wow, I had you “Biggie Smalls”/ West Coast …

    I was wrong.


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