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Monday, Feb 10, 2014

* From a Sunday press release…

Governor Quinn today was joined by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) Chicago to encourage all Illinois residents to consider adopting a pet this year. Today’s event is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect pets and their owners, while ensuring that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly.

“Pets are part of our families and we want to make 2014 the Year of Animal Rescue,” Governor Quinn said. “It is important that we try our hardest to find loving homes for these displaced animals and make sure they get the care and attention they need. Rosie – the first dog of Illinois – came from PAWS and the other animals here today would make fine additions to many families.”

“I thank Judy Baar Topinka for her lifelong commitment to protecting pets and promoting animal rights. She is one-of-a-kind,” the Governor added.

“I am thrilled to have Governor Quinn as a partner in finding homes for these pets and thank him for all his efforts,” Comptroller Topinka said. “I also love that he personally rescued another animal through the adoption of his new dog, Rosie. And that’s what this effort is all about – introducing critters to the right people.”

Wanna bet that Quinn’s lieutenant governor wasn’t exactly thrilled about the governor appearing with her November opponent?

* Audio from the event…

* And a photo of Quinn, Rosie and Topinka

- Posted by Rich Miller        


56 Comments
  1. - Leave a Light on George - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZpBPYFDXI


  2. - Abe the Babe - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    ==Wanna bet that Quinn’s lieutenant governor wasn’t exactly thrilled about the governor appearing with her November opponent?==

    In politics, Disloyalty begets Disloyalty


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    “Hey Dog, how are you. I like your coat. Nice and furry. I’m running for Re-Election against a disloyal person to the guy whose holding you. Say “hi” to your mother for me.”


  4. - KGB - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    Gov. Quinn and Comptroller Topinka exclaim “We both know who the dog in this race is!”


  5. - PoolGuy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    “Pat, it’s a good thing you named her Rosie and not Sheila, cause that don’t won’t hunt.”


  6. - Norseman - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    JBT: “Pat, that’s your new attack dog? She’s cute!”


  7. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:19 am:

    “Who does your color?”


  8. - zatoichi - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:19 am:

    Please….save me….


  9. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:21 am:

    “So, Governor, Paul is your running mate, and this cute pooch does what Sheila should have been doing? Oh…”


  10. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    I think she has to go, is Sheila’s office nearby?


  11. - Downstate - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Admiring the Hair of the Dog, but for completely different reasons!


  12. - Wallendar - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Say, he’s holding that dog like a loaf of bread! Support the hind legs, governor!


  13. - thechampaignlife - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    ===In the general election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, one vote shall be cast jointly for the candidates nominated by the same political party or petition. The General Assembly may provide by law for the joint nomination of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.===

    So, with the whole having to run as a Gov-LtGov team in the primary, does that require a Gov to pick a LtGov of the same party? Not likely to happen but what if Quinn wanted JBT to be his running mate in the interest of bipartisanship? Seems like that shouldn’t be disallowed.


  14. - Wensicia - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    Topinka: “Can I borrow your dog? I want to show my hairdresser what I mean by strawberry blonde, and it’s not carrot top!”


  15. - Commander Norton - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    “You’re safe now, Rosie. Bill Brady will never find you here.”


  16. - chad - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    So, I understand you have a problem with Mr. Brady’s legislation?


  17. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    - Commander Norton -,

    Leader in the Clubhouse…


  18. - Living in Machiaville - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    infidelis commensuratus


  19. - John A Logan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    The Death knell of Sheila Simon’s campaign sounded, somewhat strangely, like a dog barking…


  20. - lake county democrat - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    “Mike gave him to me after I threw the reform commission under the bus.”


  21. - shore - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    Election Year Wag the Dog politics


  22. - Goonhammer - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    “This dog is getting the job done!” - (Said over 16 times in his State of the State Address “getting the job done”)


  23. - Hit or Miss - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    She may look real innocent but in four years I forecast that she will be running for my job on a ticket with Squeezy the Pension Python.


  24. - MrJM - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    Wanna bet that Quinn’s lieutenant governor wasn’t exactly thrilled about the governor appearing with her November opponent?

    If you want a friend, get a dog.

    – MrJM


  25. - Huh? - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    Dog: Get me the h_ll out of here.


  26. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    Look Judy, I know it’s a dog but you should see Miller’s canine, now that’s a dog.


  27. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    PQ and the puppy might exchange expressions in 2 months.


  28. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    Quinn “Even this poor little doggy can’t stand the smell of coffee cigarette breath, he is turning his head of way for some air”


  29. - Empty Suit - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    PQ “Yes Judy give him a kiss. They say he is family friendly but has one weird quirk..he attacks red hair.”


  30. - Upon Further Review - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Unlike Topinka, the dog’s hair color is natural.


  31. - SAP - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    Hey Sheila, you can call Rosie “Payback” because Payback’s a (fill in the blank). HINT: The blank is another word for female dog.


  32. - walker - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    Woof! Why do they always want to kiss me?


  33. - Dee Lay - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    All kidding aside - good on PQ & JBT for the pet adoption promotion.


  34. - Irish - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Rosie’s thoughts. “Where the hell is the door?”

    “A week with this guy and I can see why he wanted a dog. I gotta tell him that whole thing about a dog loving you when no one else does? Well that’s a lot of Hype. I’ve seen the polls and they ain’t wrong!”

    “All the available people to adopt me and I have to get this guy, Have you seen his refrigerator?”

    “Sorry lady, I have been trained not to fraternize with the opposition. Which seems to be everybody.”

    “And I am NOT wearing a frickin purple collar.”


  35. - Tommydanger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    “Actually Pat, I think the proper placement for the Vulcan Death Grip is at the back of the neck.”


  36. - 47th Ward - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    If you don’t vote for me I’ll shoot this dog.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/3116706556/


  37. - Champaign - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    JBT: Squirrel!


  38. - Levois - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    Please….save me….

    LOL! That dog doesn’t seem to want to be in Gov. Quinn’s hands anyway. :P


  39. - Mama - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    This dog doesn’t want to campaign for Quinn. The dog is thinking Lord help me if he becomes my new dad.


  40. - HappyCamper - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:56 pm:

    Rauner’s bark is worse than his bite JBT!


  41. - veritas - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    Very cute; Why don’t we call Christine Svenson and see if she can find a mate??


  42. - I'm Strapped - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    Do not allow this Dude admittance to the Westminster Kennel show tonight.


  43. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:50 pm:

    “When I got adopted by a bald guy, I thought this would be more like “Annie”.”


  44. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    “Happy place! Happy place! Please! Happy Place!


  45. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    “I’m naming him Mr. Speaker because he likes to pee on me.”


  46. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    “Yo Quiero What-The-Hell?”


  47. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    “Geez - look at this press - they call ME a lap-dog?”


  48. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    “Look what they found during my colonoscopy Judy!”


  49. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    “My nose is detecting flop sweat and desperation.”


  50. - A. Nonymous - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    Some say Rosie is 14 in dog-years and Sheila is Will-Never-Forget in Quinn’s memory.

    (Where’s Duffy Blackburn when you need him?)


  51. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    lol VMan, especially 1:50, which was very clever.


  52. - downstate commissioner - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    Brady when he sees this: “Well doggone it…”


  53. - Hans Sanity - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 6:20 pm:

    It certainly doesn’t look like Sheila!


  54. - Mr. Wonderful - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 8:38 pm:

    Gee Judy, looks like you to go to the same barber!


  55. - Dirk - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 8:51 pm:

    Let me tell you how to beat Sheila Simon after this press.


  56. - Just me - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 6:38 am:

    All state retirees should consider raising these dogs. There’s not a lot of meat, but the hair can be sold to a wig shop.


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