* From the Illinois Republican Party…
Three More Added To BossMadigan.com
- Time for Dan Beiser, Stephanie Kifowit, and Katie Stuart to Prove Their Independence -
The Illinois Republican Party this morning made three new additions to BossMadigan.com. Rep. Dan Beiser, Rep. Stephanie Kifowit and newly elected Katie Stuart are now highlighted on the website.
“Mike Madigan is blocking votes on term limits and a property tax freeze in order to force an income tax hike with no reforms on the people of Illinois after the New Year,” said Illinois Republican Party spokesman Steven Yaffe. “If Dan Beiser, Stephanie Kifowit and Katie Stuart are at all serious about improving Illinois, they should oppose Mike Madigan as Speaker until he allows votes on these popular, bi-partisan reforms.”
Dan Beiser’s backed Mike Madigan for Speaker six times and received over $700,000 from Madigan’s campaign funds this year. Beiser was Madigan’s sidekick in supporting Rod Blagojevich’s pension scheme that added up to $22 billion in new debt to the pension system. More recently, Beiser backed Madigan’s $8 billion unfunded budget that aimed to force a massive tax hike on Illinois families without reforms. Perhaps worst of all, Beiser voted to make sure he gets paid a taxpayer-funded salary even if a budget isn’t passed.
Mike Madigan spent nearly $1 million this year helping elect Katie Stuart. Already, Stuart’s backed Madigan’s plan to take $10 million from Metro East schools to help bail out Chicago Public Schools. Soon, she’ll face her first real test when it comes time to vote for Mike Madigan as Speaker, and she’s already signaling that she will put Madigan ahead of the people.
The News-Gazette reports:
“Stuart is already playing a deceitful games with the voters. Asked if she intended to vote to re-elect House Speaker Michael Madigan, Stuart pretended to be flummoxed by the question.
‘I don’t know what the options will be,’ Stuart said. ‘You’re asking me a hypothetical question just like I wouldn’t tell you how I would vote on any piece of legislation until I actually read the legislation.’
She asserts that a Madigan bid for the speakership, a position he has held for much of his 40-plus year tenure, is purely ‘hypothetical’?
That’s not even close to being credible. If there’s anything that’s a certainty, it’s that Madigan already has, is now or will be asking members of his Democratic caucus to support his bid for another two-year term as their boss.”
Stephanie Kifowit likes to act independent of Mike Madigan, but the truth is she’s taken over half a million dollars from him and twice voted to make him Speaker. Last year, she supported Madigan’s plan to double the income tax on many families without any reforms while making sure she gets paid no matter what. Stephanie Kifowit needs to walk the walk and oppose Madigan as Speaker to help deliver real reforms for the people of Illinois.