SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
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.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Is tomorrow the big day?
* Remap group demands rehearing
* The holes in Quinn's plan
* Third party candidates removed from ballot
* Moody's likes the TRS move, but says it's still $1.5 billion short
* Unclear on the concept
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Nubia Z11 gets re-released at IFA 2016, with a starting price of €500 for the old continent
* Tile's New Slim Lost-and-Found Tracker is as Thin as Two Credit Cards
* Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions might have prompted Samsung to halt shipments
* Google to take on ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft with Waze
* Bylined crowdsources product photos for brands
* Corning develops Gorilla Glass SR+ solution for tougher next-gen wearables
* DxO ONE Gaining Improved Wi-Fi Connectivity and Waterproof 'Outdoor Shell'

* Ranaudo, Robertson pitching in for Louisiana
* Familiar story: Frazier HR, but Sox strand runners
* Stephens among top prospect performers Tuesday
* Ranaudo, Sox can't maintain early lead in Detroit
* Sale duels with Verlander in Detroit series finale
* Ranaudo, Sox can't maintain early lead in Detroit
* Upton tries to deke Eaton, but he wants none of it

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Rauner urges voters to pressure their legislato.....
* Illinois Prison Population Drops - WAND..
* Addiction services featured in Illinois Medicai.....
* Addiction services featured in Illinois Medicai.....
* Addiction services part of Illinois Medicaid pr.....
* Addiction services part of Illinois Medicaid pr.....


* Turbulence forces emergency landing in Ireland; 12 injured
* Fire marshal investigating after 2 killed in house explosion
* Addiction services featured in Illinois Medicaid proposal
* EXCHANGE: Something's brewing in beer-making
* Suspect shot during drug bust in Joliet mall parking lot
* Coroner: 1 dead in small plane crash in southern Illinois
* U of Illinois: More faculty exit over state finance crisis
* Rockford airport expanding space for cargo aircraft
* Man gets 90 years in fatal shooting of ex-wife in 2011
* Chicago-area man indicted on child porn charges

* Moody's says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state
* Ex-Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* State lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites
* Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* Data: Illinois prison population decreased since 2014
* New law: No pensions for new county board members
* Rauner vetoes bill raising caregivers' minimum wage
* FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks; Illinois reported breach in July
* Thirty-year-old SNAP overpayments still being collected
* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates

* How does Gatorade, a drink made in a lab, fit into the natural-food movement?
* Jazz Fest, Fringe Fest, Lin-Manuel Miranda
* Emanuel gets good credit news from Fitch
* Amend the state constitution to cut public pensions?
* Trump plans big fundraiser in Bolingbrook


* Man shot in West Pullman
* Obama guidance, press schedule Aug. 31, 2016. To Lake Tahoe
* John Turturro steals the show in ‘Mia Madre’
* Man gets 130 years in prison for 2013 murder
* Police: Man killed, another wounded in Pilsen shooting
* Man shot in Lawndale
* Boy, 17, shot in Little Village
* 15 wounded in shootings Tuesday on South, West sides
* Man grazed by bullet in Park Manor
* 16-year-old boy shot in Austin


* Officials: Federal agents shoot suspect in parking lot of Joliet shopping mall
* Pre-sale tickets Wednesday for Lin-Manuel Miranda in Chicago
* Sexist advice for approaching women wearing headphones
* Witness in Palatine slaying trial says he saw suspect, found father, son dead
* Why I started asking permission before sharing my kids' photos on Facebook
* Chicago artist explores the meaning and effects of gentrification in Fulton Market
* Lucas learns from Chicago mistakes, opens collection to San Francisco paper
* Trump to meet with Mexico's president ahead of immigration speech
* Bears Q&A: Additions and subtractions to 53-man roster
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 8/31/16


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Moody's says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state
* Madeleine Doubek: Keep up the pressure on Democrats on redistricting reform
* Our View: Help determine how Springfield grows
* Our View: Kudos to Lincoln Home, NPS
* Michael Gerson: Does Trump know what it means to preach law and order?
* E.J. Dionne: Why Clinton Republicans matter
* Esther J. Cepeda: Standardized testing is imperfect — but necessary
* Ex-Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* State lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites
* Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan


* Trump to make surprising trip to Mexico
* Turkey vows to keep attacking U.S.-backed Syrian Kurd forces
* More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage
* Clinton speech to stress U.S. leadership in world
* Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump
* Homeless students get more attention under new law
* Tribune Media agrees to sale of Tribune Tower
* Pending home sales strengthen in July
* Search on for hit-and-run suspect
* Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical society offers free webinars


* DuPage Medical Group adds nephrology with acquisition
* U.S. Chamber names Naperville chief to committee
* How Last Fling may set a world record
* Many musical choices at this year's Last Fling
* NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Rockford airport expanding space for cargo......
* Home Government Schakowsky, Durbin, Quigle......
* Rockford airport expanding space for cargo......

* Senator Kirk Partners with National Kidney......
* Senator Kirk Partners with National Kidney......

* Tonia Khouri bypasses mainstream media to push for better 11th CD bridges, highways
* Should Illinois ban service sales tax like Missouri?
* "Super TIF" Proposed to Fund Red Line Modernization Project
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* You’d think a batch of people singing the national anthem in unison very poorly would be considered criminal?
* Illinois REALTORS® named to key NAR committee posts
* President Mike Drews leads discussion with U.S. Rep. Hultgren
* Illinois property taxes leave few options for financially-sound future
* Chicago 1st year teacher writes song to welcome students
* Sosnowki: The Voices of 570,000 Voters Matter


* Starved Rock State Park Parking Limited Due to High Water - Visitors Should Expect Delays, Temporary Closures Labor Day Weekend
* Statement on Redistricting Referendum
* Rauner Administration Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Find Lost Life Insurance Money
* Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill - 'Drop, Cover and Hold On’ Drill Set for October 20
* Governor Takes Bill Action




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller