First, the setup…
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is expecting her second child, due in March.
The child will be the second for Madigan and her husband, Pat Byrnes, according to a release from the attorney general’s office.
Madigan expects to take a brief maternity leave following the delivery, then return to the office on a daily basis, as she did after giving birth to daughter Rebecca in January 2005.
Now, the question: If AG Madigan runs for governor, do you think her growing family will be - or even should be - a campaign issue? Explain.
…Adding… To those who dismiss this question, check out the lede from an AP story written in 2001…
Republican Jane Swift took office Tuesday as Massachusetts governor apparently, the first pregnant governor in U.S. history and is sure to be watched closely for how she balances career and family.
You can say that it won’t be an issue, but it was a huge deal in Massachusetts, of all places, just six years ago. Never overestimate the punditry’s progressivity.
…Adding more… I didn’t notice this until it was pointed out by a commenter, but Illinois Review’s editor has already made AG Madigan’s pregnancy an issue…
And we’ve been wondering why she hasn’t had time to work on enforcing the parental notification before abortion bill that’s stalled in her office. It appears she’s been pre-occupied — becoming a parent again.
Feel free to discuss this development if you’ve already responded to the original question.