It’s not a panacea - there were plenty of issues with state government before we ever heard of Rod - but it’s progress.
- 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 9:11 am:
Go read the NYTimes article that was just posted online; Monica Davey and 2 photographers followed Blago all yesterday; I want to put him in my rearview mirror, but federal prosecutors should read some of the choice quotes, especially about “I scratch your back, you scratch mine.” He needs a lawyer to tell him to cool it.
32 - He had a lawyer who tried to get him to “cool” it. Didn’t take too well! Anyways, I disagree…it’s going to make it that much more amusing to watch Blago hang himself for the criminal trial with all the self-incriminating statements he can’t help but make!
If the legislature REALLY wants to help Quinn, they
could start by moving the filing and primary date
back by 90-120 days.The primary was in June many
years ago, by the way, so there’s precendent for
having it in late spring or early summer.
==Go read the NYTimes article that was just posted online; Monica Davey and 2 photographers followed Blago all yesterday ==
The article also said he said goodbye to the mansion staff — hello, I must be going? Also, that some of the staffers were in tears. Don’t let cassandra hear this — she’ll interpret it to mean that they were sad that they might actually have to do some work now.
Sadly, the State of Illinois will be paying for Blago’s excesses for many years. I have no doubt that many people in the State and legislature will have a few “what the heck!?!” moments with Gov. Quinn. But even his detractors admit that Quinn at least comes up with these ideas because he truly thinks they best serve the people of Illinois. Even when some of his ideas fail, they are unlikely to cripple the State like Blago’s did.
As for the former governor, I hope to hear nothing from him until his trial. I feel for his daughters; I don’t know how I feel for Patti until her role in the Tribune and other job matters becomes more apparent. I hope, for her and her daughters’ sake, she is clean.
===My successor has done a whole bunch as the lieutenant governor — taken all kinds of trips all over the world and trade missions — like he’s got anything to do with anything as lieutenant governor.”===
Uh, like waiting for you to get arrested, impeached and removed from office…That’s worth being Lt. Gov.
I, too, have little in common philosophically with the new governor, but I wish him the best. All accounts portray him as earnest, kind, and compassionate. I hope he governs with honesty and integrity and works with thre GA to make Illinois fiscally whole and economically vibrant.
Wow — one of the more amazing quotes from the NYT article:
““We should have been more selfish, not selfless,” he said. “It sounds probably perverse for me to say that based on what some people are saying about me. But it’s true. My family, we didn’t take advantage of all these things that people do. My successor has done a whole bunch as the lieutenant governor — taken all kinds of trips all over the world and trade missions — like he’s got anything to do with anything as lieutenant governor.”
Nothing against Brian Hamer but I’m surprised that Quinn would pick him for such a high profile spot after this story on ABC Wednesday night, especially since the former governor’s former chief of staff is also in the story. He might be totally innocent but I can see the media implying that even Quinn is surrounding himself with the same type of people. I would just leave him where he is. You can still consult with one of your agency directors
the same as others with higher titles. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=6630335
Pat Quinn has accomplished a great deal while Blago was endlessly fundraising for his coffers…Rod is incapable of paying attention to anyone or anything other than himself…I feel bad for his eldest daughter, she must be going through hell…shame on him for bringing this down on his family…
Lets start from the baseline that 99.9999% would agree Quinn has GOT to be better than what we had.
That is a plus any anybody’s math. Now lets give him a chance to produce, and when he goes off base, call him on it. As Kass said in his Trib article, Rod was a freelancer after having parted ways ugly with Mell, and from that point on his goose was cooked (ala John Dillinger). I don’t think Quinn is part of the organization either, but he’s always gone his own way. Could be good or not, we’ll see.
Congratulations, Mr. Quinn! Illinois is counting on you now. Best of luck, you’ll certainly need it in days to come.
- Phineas J. Whoopee - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 10:08 am:
I would like to thank Blago for giving us Pat Quinn. I don’t think Pat could have raised the funds necessary to win the Governor’s office in a democratic primary. As a two year incumbent, he will definitely be a force and may even go unchallenged in the primary, so he might get a fresh term and that should be enough for him to make his mark.
I think he will make the reforms and bring the integrity that is needed to help end Illinois systemic corruption.
So thank you former Governor. Because of your corrupt ways your stated goals of reforming Illinois government may actually happen.
I’m so glad that this debacle is over. Quinn is a good guy, he actually gets things done (which is a rather foreign concept to us at this point), and I hope he is able to initiate some sort of change in Illinois politics.
It seems as though we are setting a good president here and letting our politicians know that we are done with their self-involved antics. We hire you, and we will fire you.
I’m excited about having a Gov Quinn this morning and I’m hoping him all the best. What a hard road he’s road-he has to try and pull our state out of the mess it is in. I hope he is given a chance, we’re in a fix here and it isn’t going to be fast or easy. I kinda wish 2010 was not so close as I fear party thumping jumping right in for the next election instead a of joint effort to work on everything that’s broken right now. I’m sure Quinn will make a few mistakes, might be a few times I will think he’s not doing a great job, whatever, but I believe we can trust this governor to try his best and to fight hard for the citizens and what he really feels is best and in the best interest of the state.
The Springfield paper online this morning had some adorable shots of Gov Quinn’s nieces and has mom.
Did anyone see the Colbert Report last night? At the very end, Stephen came on and said “Well that’s it for tonight. Good night Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn!” (His guest was John Podesta, head of Pres. Obama’s transition team. Colbert asked Podesta if he knew who the new governor was and Podesta didn’t know!)
Been There wrote: ===Nothing against Brian Hamer but I’m surprised that Quinn would pick him for such a high profile spot after this story on ABC Wednesday night, especially since the former governor’s former chief of staff is also in the story. He might be totally innocent but I can see the media implying that even Quinn is surrounding himself with the same type of people. I would just leave him where he is. You can still consult with one of your agency directors the same as others with higher titles.===
That woman really gives me the creeps. I get the feeling she’s a liar from hell and yet, sad to say, I feel compelled to agree with Been There, at least for the present. If Hamer got promoted now, questions surrounding the woman’s civil suit would distract from Gov. Quinn’s push for ethics reform. Even if Hamer is totally innocent, fairly or unfairly Quinn would get criticized as he would appear to be stepping on his own message of ethics reform. And that’s not what he needs right now.
On the bright side, assuming the lawsuit eventually gets dismissed at least Brian Hamer will get his reputation back. By contrast, Jack Lavin always will wear the collar for having once worked for Tony Rezko, even if he, too, didn’t personally do anything wrong.