* I told subscribers about this earlier today. Press release…
The Raoul for Illinois campaign is debuting a new ad featuring the words of the late Mayor Harold Washington which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/aAU7wlo3YkM
Harold Washington: I must have been blind or staggering. I would never appoint Pat Quinn to do anything. Pat Quinn is a totally and completely undisciplined individual.
He was dismissed. My only regret is that we hired him and kept him too long.
Narrator: Harold Washington knew Pat Quinn’s staggering incompetence…the incompetence that led to illegal hiring and endless investigations…and gave us Bruce Rauner.
Narrator: Quinn failed Harold Washington then…and failed us as Governor. We can’t trust him as our Attorney General.
The ad features footage of a WGN-TV interview with Mayor Washington where he lambasts Quinn’s leadership. In the interview Quinn goes on to say: “Pat Quinn is a totally and completely undisciplined individual who thinks this government is nothing but a large easel on which to do his PR work.”
Now more than ever, it’s clear that Mayor Washington’s words were true.
“Jim Dey: Investigation into illegal hiring under Quinn expanded,” Jim Dey, The News-Gazette, 5/4/2017.
Last week, a court-appointed outside monitor released a voluminous report that laid bare all the gory details surrounding five years of illegal patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation. But that report didn’t close the book on the wide-ranging conspiracy to violate state hiring rules by top officials in former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. Indeed, there could be more much forthcoming.
“Jobs for friends and family”
“Watchdog details how top Democrats under ex-Gov. Quinn got state jobs for friends, family,” Monique Garcia, Ray Long, Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune, 4/25/2017.
A new report issued Monday by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation details how top Democrats clouted relatives and friends into positions under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many of those hired had little or no experience. “
“Quinn and his administration under yet another FBI investigation!” Kirk Allen, Edgar County Watchdogs, 10/27/2014
“And gave us Bruce Rauner”
“Audit draft shows more mismanagement in Quinn’s anti-violence program,” Joe Mahr, Ray Long, Chicago Tribune, 4/5/2016.
Republican Bruce Rauner went on to beat Democrat Quinn in 2014 after relentlessly charging that Quinn used the grants as a political slush fund to help win votes in Democratic strongholds. Rauner’s administration declined to comment on the draft audit, citing the confidentiality of the process before an audit is released. But in the administration’s response to auditors, also obtained by the Tribune, the agency’s new leaders blame the Quinn administration for the debacle.
Dan Hynes tried using this footage and it backfired. Bruce Rauner tried it as well to no avail. The key difference here is Sen. Raoul is an African-American.
I take anything from a court appointed monitor with a grain of salt…they make millions of dollars to trump up false findings. Noelle Brennan is the worse of the bunch…when from chasing ambulances on Plymouth Court storefront office, to a high rise between Clark and LASalle Street.
Didn’t notice until my spouse mentioned it, that there aren’t the plethora of “Jim Edgar supports…” out there this time in GOP primaries. Appears some learning has gone on with regard to the time worn folks of a different time.
I, a GOP stalwart really admired Harold. Envied his brilliance and wiliness, and viewed him as a true reformer who held everyone to account regardless of race or gender. But, it seems he’s in that notch of time now where it’s not long enough for the history books where he ranks a very important place. But, it’s been long enough where his legacy isn’t as vivid as it was.
I guess you use whatever you think will work, but I’m not so sure this does. You’d need to google Tom Hynes now, and he won’t rank a place in the history books other than a footnote on Harold Washington’s chapter. With a few others. Try and name more than 3 or 4 of the 29.