* Three of the four Republican candidates talk about how they’ll deal with Speaker Madigan…
On Wednesday, Brady, Dillard and Rutherford each said they had demonstrated their ability to work with Madigan and Democrats in the past without surrendering their principles.. “I know it might be a populist thing in the Republican primary to not admit that,” [Rutherford] said. “But the fact is they are the speaker and the president, you should be able to have a Sunday afternoon conversation, perhaps even have a meeting in one of the two’s offices.”
Dillard, of Hinsdale, said he sometimes gets criticized “in a Republican primary because I have worked across the aisle with Democrats to successfully move things along.”
He cited his work as chief of staff in the first year of GOP Gov. Jim Edgar’s administration in working with Madigan while keeping lawmakers in extended session and “the state didn’t come to a grinding halt.” Dillard, who also appeared in an early presidential campaign TV ad for then-Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, said his background showed he had the “bipartisan chops” to work with a “Chicago-led legislature successfully.”
Brady, the unsuccessful 2010 GOP nominee from Bloomington, repeatedly cited his lone support among the four contenders for a new state law aimed at eliminating the state’s $100 billion unfunded public worker pension liability over the next 30 years. Brady served on a special legislative panel that designed the law.
“I’m the only Republican candidate for governor who actually worked with the Democrats, convinced them that we needed meaningful pension reform,” Brady said. “That’s the kind of governor we need — someone who’s willing to take bold positions to work with the Democrats and make sure we pass them.”
* The Question: Regardless of the candidate you support, which of the four Republicans do you think would work most effectively with Speaker Madigan? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.