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Drury takes credit for AG action

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

* Notice the use of the royal “we” in this constituent e-mail from Rep. Scott Drury…

Friends:

We are pleased to announce that Attorney General Lisa Madigan has embraced our long-held belief that the best way to end the budget impasse is from the pressure created by a true government shutdown. Specifically, in an effort to bring the impasse to an end, she is seeking a court order to stop further state payments to government workers

History
Since fall 2015, we have contended that the General Assembly and the Governor have prolonged the budget impasse by implementing a series of partial budgets and making sure government continues many of its day-to-day functions. In an email in November 2015, we stated: “Through a series of various maneuvers, Illinois leaders have helped prolong the budget impasse by relieving pressure points before they boil.”

The Rational Voice
Our belief that the best way to break the impasse is a true government shutdown has often required us to be the rational - but lone - voice against misguided partial budgets. Notably, those budgets: (a) only provided our universities with 30% of their funding - causing damage for years to come; and (b) picked winners and losers, with social service providers repeatedly being the biggest losers.

Madigan’s Actions
Consistent with our view since 2015, in a filing last week, AG Madigan stated that by halting employee pay, she is trying to raise the pressure to get a budget in place. We will keep you posted on the progress of her legal action.

Closing
Success for us is a long-term project. Getting buy-in for our pressure theory has taken over a year and, at times, subjected us to ridicule by Springfield insiders. But we are fueled by the knowledge that the only way to make progress in Illinois, is to continuously push against the status quo. So push we will.

As always, thank you for the privilege of allowing me to represent you.

–Scott

He’s a true visionary, that one.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

22 Comments
  1. - Winnin' - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:33 am:

    Like.


  2. - Honeybear - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:34 am:

    Love of God, somebody get him a clock so he’ll shut up


  3. - AlfondoGonz - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    “Scott Drury and the Madigans get controls…”


  4. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    I usually think that politicians using “we” when they talk have stepped a little too close to the sun.

    Drury’s courage in opposing Madigan, however, mitigates that a bit.


  5. - slow down - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    I fully agree that Drury doesn’t deserve credit for much of this but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong on this subject matter generally.


  6. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:39 am:

    Good God, insideous Trumpism (runaway Egotism, and all repulsive components) taking hold! Ahhhhhhh! Seriously that personality type will eventually self-destroy.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:41 am:

    Drury is not embarrassed by this.

    Drury doesn’t know enough to actually BE embarrassed by this.

    This also won’t make his colleagues respect him.

    Drury is worse than Dunkin, Dunkin knew he didn’t matter, Dury thinks he matters.

    That’s fun.


  8. - ILPundit - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:43 am:

    You guys are missing an important point:

    Drury is a former Federal prosecutor.

    Didn’t you guys know that?


  9. - Stark - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:47 am:

    As a former federal prosecutor, I think Drury is daydreaming he is still in the courtroom.


  10. - Telly - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:51 am:

    == Drury is worse than Dunkin, Dunkin knew he didn’t matter, Dury thinks he matters. ==

    OW wins. That’s so true.


  11. - Mod Dem - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:54 am:

    I still believe he is representing his districts opinion well. You may disagree with his position, but he isn’t there to represent you…he is there to represent the northern suburbs of Chicago and his position is sound.


  12. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:54 am:

    –Since fall 2015, we have contended that the General Assembly and the Governor have prolonged the budget impasse by implementing a series of partial budgets and making sure government continues many of its day-to-day functions. In an email in November 2015, we stated: “Through a series of various maneuvers, Illinois leaders have helped prolong the budget impasse by relieving pressure points before they boil.”–

    Didn’t he vote for the most recent stopgap he now decries?


  13. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    “We”, “our”, “us” — he really does that, all the way through.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 9:57 am:

    (Tips cap to - Telly -)

    ===I still believe he is representing his districts opinion well. You may disagree with his position, but he isn’t there to represent you…he is there to represent the northern suburbs of Chicago and his position is sound.===

    … by being a victim that he is the most disliked and discredited political House Democrat?

    Making it about himself isn’t making it about representing his district.

    That’s comical from jump street


  15. - Langhorne - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:01 am:

    “We” want to yak.

    The headers are also way beyond annoying.


  16. - Anon - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:03 am:

    How effective can a representative be for his district when he is extremely unpopular among his colleagues?


  17. - Arsenal - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:04 am:

    I’m not sure that taking credit for people losing paychecks is all that smart’a politics, but I’m interested to see how it plays out.


  18. - Just Observing - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:07 am:

    === How effective can a representative be for his district when he is extremely unpopular among his colleagues? ===

    It’s a fair point, but I don’t think most voters think like that. It’s too inside baseball for them.


  19. - Archiesmom - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Scott’s alternative facts.


  20. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 10:15 am:

    The judge who let a lawyer pretend to be a judge and preside over cases was a former federal prosecutor too.


  21. - My New Handle - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    Giving Drury two headlines in one day. Nothing wrong with his PR machine.


  22. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    I didn’t think it was possible but he released a communication that failed to mention that he’s a former federal prosecutor.


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