*** UPDATED x1 - “She did not ask him for a job” *** Did JBT ask Quinn to help her son get a job?
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
* The Sun-Times noticed that when Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka appeared with Gov. Pat Quinn at a bill signing ceremony, she whispered something about her son to the governor. Her mic was hot, though, and it picked up part of their conversation…
* The video…
The governor’s spokesperson said Quinn “couldn’t make out what she was talking about.” It was “loud” the spokesperson said. Um, no, it wasn’t loud. Listen to the video.
* JBT’s spokesperson…
I called Hahn myself. I asked him over and over whether Topinka had asked the governor to help her son get a job at SIU. He gave the same response about how Topinka “recalls mentioning” blah, bah, blah.
Finally, I asked him if Topinka also recalled asking the governor about helping her son get a job. “Not specifically,” I was told.
* Look, I’ve known JBT for decades. She loves her son. She’s incredibly proud of him. She talks about him all the time. And she’d do just about anything to have him closer to her.
*** UPDATE *** Topinka’s Brad Hahn just called back. Here are three direct quotes…
I’ve known Brad forever. He’s always been straight with me, so it’s weird that he was so evasive before. All he had to do was tell the Sun-Times and myself what he said in our second conversation and it’s end of story.