* Sen. Michael Frerichs threw some political jabs at Rep. Tom Cross the other day. The two men are running for state treasurer. From the Champaign News-Gazette…
Cross, [Frerichs] said, is a “Springfield insider” who had “contributed to many of the most hazardous fiscal decisions leading to our current financial crisis.” Cross wants to “cut to the core the very programs that working families” depend on and is specifically aiming at public education and seniors.
Frerichs said he has been trying during his tenure in the Senate, and so far failing, “to clean up the mess Leader Cross helped to create over the past 20 years.”
The CN-G didn’t like the hometown guy’s rhetoric…
To have power in Springfield, you have to be a Democrat. Cross is a Republican, and he’s spent most of his time in Springfield trying to wipe away the sand kicked into his eyes by Democrats.
Here’s a little history lesson Frerichs hopes people don’t remember. Illinois is a solid Democratic state. Democrats control the governor’s office, both houses of the Legislature with veto-proof majorities, and the Supreme Court.
Republicans last controlled both houses of the Legislature in 1994. They last controlled one legislative chamber, the Senate, in 2003. They last had a Republican governor — George Ryan — in 2003. They’re out of power and out of luck, hoping somehow to win back public confidence and begin playing a significant role in the formulation of public policy.
But they’re not there yet. In fact, they’re not even close. That’s why Frerichs’ characterization of Cross is preposterous.
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