*** UPDATED x3 - Rauner admin responds to Mendoza - AG declines comment - Mendoza responds *** Rauner lawyer urges comptroller to keep paying workers even if AG Madigan wins
Monday, Jan 30, 2017
* Here’s a new twist. Check out the fourth paragraph…
I heard this could be happening earlier today. The AG filed two motions the other day, one was to dissolve the preliminary injunction, but the other was a petition to intervene. The original defendant was Comptroller Munger, who retained her own counsel over the AG’s objections.
So, the governor’s position is that Comptroller Mendoza should retain her own lawyer, keep AG Madigan out of the case, and even if the judge decides to obey the Constitution and lifts the order that forces the comptroller to pay employees without an appropriation, Mendoza should just keep on paying them until Madigan convinces a judge to tell her to stop doing so. You gotta figure that they’ll then demand that Mendoza appeal it.
In other words, they want to delay doomsday as long as they possibly can while making AG Madigan pay the political price every step of the way. And if the comptroller doesn’t go along with the governor, they’ll make her pay the price, too.
I’ve asked the comptroller’s office and the AG’s office for a response.
*** UPDATE 1 *** From Abdon Pallasch at the comptroller’s office…
*** UPDATE 2 *** Asked for a comment, AG Madigan’s spokesperson responded: “No thanks.”
*** UPDATE 3 *** From the governor’s office…
Like I said, they want her to pay an ongoing political price.