* From House Speaker Michael Madigan’s primary opponent Jason Gonzales…
Our campaign just received its biggest endorsement yet!
The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Jason as their pick for State Representative of the 22nd District.
We add the Tribune to our growing list of endorsements which includes U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, Alderman Dick Simpson, State Senator Robert Meza, and Democracy for American - Southside.
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Moulton is a Massachusetts congresscritter. Meza is from Arizona. Simpson hasn’t been an alderman since 1979. DFA Southside has 38 members. But, hey, any port in a storm I suppose.
* The Tribune, to its credit, actually admits that Gonzales is a Rauner guy…
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies are backing a few Democrats — yes, Democrats — who they believe will be more independent of Madigan. They’re funneling resources to the campaign of Jason Gonzales, a management consultant who is running against Madigan in the 22nd House District. It’s a Hail Mary from anti-Madigan forces hoping Gonzales can oust the longtime speaker.
* And here’s the paper’s completely unpredictable endorsement…
Who in his or her right mind would go head-to-head against Speaker Michael Madigan? Many people have asked Jason Gonzales that very question. The 42-year-old management consultant is challenging Madigan for his Southwest Side House seat. Other daredevils have tried to unseat the longtime speaker but crashed and burned on Election Day. Gonzales says his campaign is different. He has resources and money — some from reform-minded donors who support redistricting and term limits, and some from supporters of Gov. Bruce Rauner who are tired of Madigan’s iron grip on state government.
Gonzales has only lived in the district since 2013, but he has family there — and counters that Madigan is rarely there at all. “People want someone accessible and present in the community doing what’s right rather than playing power politics in Springfield,” Gonzales says.
He also is transparent about his past. In his late teens, he was arrested and jailed for using stolen credit cards. He eventually graduated from an alternative high school and went on to earn degrees from several prestigious universities, including Harvard. Gonzales is endorsed.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m betting the Speaker is practically living in his district office these days.
*** UPDATE *** Somehow, I doubt this was part of the Tribune editorial board meeting…
Democrat Jason Gonzales today announced his support for a progressive income tax in Illinois as a centerpiece of his candidacy.
“Under the current system, people living in poverty are asked to pay the same as wealthy, corporate CEO’s. We need a more equitable system that looks at ability to pay, so we can take the burden off Illinois families by lowering taxes for the working and middle class and ask the wealthy to pay their fair share.” Gonzales said.
Gonzales, 42, a consultant and former small business owner has master’s degrees from MIT and Harvard. He grew up in a working class union household and became the first member of his family to graduate college. Gonzales is challenging Speaker Michael Madigan in the upcoming Democratic Primary.
“Illinois is just one of a handful of states that still uses a flat income tax. In a time where so many people are struggling and are already paying some of the highest taxes in the nation, our outdated income tax system is an impediment preventing families from having the ability to get ahead,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales’ stance on this issue and other progressive policies like a minimum wage increase and elected school board earned him the endorsement of Democracy for America-Southside, former Alderman Dick Simpson and Congressman Seth Molton.