* From Politico…
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan spoke with several of the nation’s top progressive groups during a visit to Washington D.C. last week, further fueling expectations that the popular Democrat will run for governor in 2014.
Madigan is weighing a campaign for the state’s top office even though the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Pat Quinn, has said he plans to seek another term.
During a trip to the nation’s capital, Madigan discussed a possible campaign with strategists for the League of Conservation Voters, the prominent environmental group; and EMILY’s List, the group dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, according to sources familiar with the conversations.
“She’s leaning heavily toward a run and was doing rounds to build relationships and gauge potential support,” one source said of Madigan.
* Phil Kadner, meanwhile, watched the governor’s budget address and is now completely fed up with Gov. Quinn…
Run, Lisa, run.
That was my reaction to Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address on Wednesday.
It was a clear call for new leadership in Illinois, and Lisa Madigan, the state attorney general, ought to enter the race for governor.
Quinn is no leader. He is unable to rally public opinion. The Legislature repeatedly turns a deaf ear to his pleas for pension reform. He has no idea how to move the state forward.
Some newspaper editorial writers have written that Madigan should not run for office unless her father steps down as speaker of the House of Representatives. I think voters are capable of deciding for themselves if a father-daughter power combo bothers them.
With Quinn at about a 25 percent approval rating in some polls, the people of Illinois are desperate to hear a different kind of message from their governor.
Whether that’s Madigan or someone else makes no difference to me.
I just want to see as many qualified people as possible competing in next year’s gubernatorial election, and the attorney general is certainly one of those people. […]
Quinn used to think he had all the answers. It turns out, he didn’t even know the key question.
How do you lead Illinois?
*** UPDATE *** Greg Hinz on AG Madigan…
Another party source who would know says she’s begun making calls to major party “bundlers” — donors with large networks of friends. That’s more important now that Illinois finally has limits on the size of individual campaign donations. And I hear her forthcoming financial disclosure for the first quarter of the year will show her raking in quite a haul. […]
None of that is good for Mr. Daley, who let it be known a few weeks ago that he was seriously eying a race, but now is watching to let her make the first definitive move.
Sources close to Mr. Daley say he understands that his probability of winning the March 2014 Democratic primary would be pretty low in a three-way race with Ms. Madigan and incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he’ll seek a new term.
As a result, Mr. Daley has told friends, it’s highly unlikely he will run if she does.