While both Lang and Mapes’ resignation shows Madigan is taking swift action in response to the claims, some still questioned the tactic. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, who criticized Madigan’s response to harassment allegations in February and last month detailed allegations of retaliation from Mapes and a key Democratic Madigan ally, said the response is nothing new.
“This is the lather, rinse, repeat that I talked about in February. We now need the real change that follows,” Cassidy said. “We need to see what leadership looks like. When he keeps saying he’s committed to make change and bringing an end to this culture, it goes beyond firing people. Because we’ve seen this before and here we are again.”
Cassidy said Madigan’s response of forcing people out is “the same play.”
“I think in each case he hopes it goes away,” Cassidy said. “It’s not that simple.”
* Tribune editorial…
Within hours, Madigan asked for Mapes’ resignation. Here’s part of a statement Madigan released:
“I intend to appoint an individual with extensive experience conducting investigations to review all operations of the House of Representatives, including but not limited to the Clerk’s Office where Ms. Garrett works.”
Notice anything? “I intend to appoint …”
Madigan continues to press his thumb into the process of investigating complaints of harassment in his own operation. It’s a pattern of control we and others repeatedly have called out. This situation requires an outside investigation. Outside. Madigan can’t be appointing, permitting or supervising. When will the speaker get it?