* Yesterday, Gov. Rauner said this about House Speaker Michael Madigan, among other things…
He controls, he’s rigged his primary. He has rigged his Democratic primary. He has rigged it, ladies and gentlemen. If you guys won’t report it, shame on you. He has rigged the system, he controls it. It’s a Mafia protection racket. And until he’s gone, we aren’t going to fix Illinois and we aren’t going to have a good future.
* Tina Sfondeles checked in with Brownie…
Madigan spokesman Steve Brown called the governor’s “mafia” comparison “incoherent.”
“I don’t know how that could be rigged if you got many, many candidates running,” Brown said. “It would seem to be incoherent.”
And asked about the speaker being “in charge,” Brown questioned state contracts and Rauner’s role in them, including controversy over the state renting out a Springfield warehouse to store records from the Department of Human Services and a consulting contract the Rauner administration doled out regarding the state’s Medicaid overhaul.
“If he’s not in charge, we got to find out who gave out the kinky contract to the guys who lease the Barney’s furniture warehouse. And who gave out the kinky contract to McKinsey to do God knows what,” Brown said. “If he didn’t do it, there’s someone handing out and spending a lot of money. It’s kind of crazy.”
Um, OK. Maybe it’s not “rigged,” but somebody is most certainly putting his apple-peeling finger on the scale, if not his whole body.
Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said he didn’t know “what to make” of the governor’s comments.
“If he’s not in charge, we’d better figure out who is,” Brown said.