Raoul: Rauner death penalty AV “stupid,” politically motivated
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
By Hannah Meisel
* As Rich noted this morning in the subscriber-only edition, the Democrats’ response to Gov. Rauner’s proposal for the reinstatement of the death penalty yesterday was fairly quiet. The party’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Kwame Raoul, had no reaction for over a day, which seems unusual because Raoul was the Senate sponsor of the 2011 bill that ended up killing the death penalty once and for all.
But speaking with reporters after a related press conference early this afternoon, Raoul was heated in his response…
Full audio is here.
* Raoul and the governor’s office have also worked together on some criminal justice reform issues over the last few years; one of the few bright spots of cooperation between Rauner and the Democrats. Rauner signed an executive order to create a commission on these issues very early in his administration.
I asked Sen. Raoul if the governor’s death penalty proposal poisons the waters or hurts the goodwill built on that issue…
I also asked about the cost consideration of prisoners on death row, and Raoul pointed out that, yes, it costs more to house death row inmates than other types. That would undermine the cost-saving motivations at play in the cooperation, no?
* Meanwhile, Mayor Emanuel reacted to Rauner’s death penalty proposal today…