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Et tu, Cullerton?

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018

* As I told subscribers this morning, even the Senate Democrats are now getting into the anti-Madigan act. Here’s Mary Ann Ahern

Four women running for the Illinois State Senate released new television ads Tuesday - in which three of them took the unusual step of calling on term limits for powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The Democratic candidates - Laura Ellman, Suzy Glowiak, Ann Gillespie and Bridget Fitzgerald - are each running for Republican-held districts in Chicago’s suburbs that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, leading many to believe they may be among the most likely to turn blue in November.

Though Madigan is leader of the Illinois House, Democratic insiders admit that his power impacts the Senate as well.

Last year, the Senate agreed to a 10-year term limit for its leaders. Senate President John Cullerton has been Senate President since 2009, but the new guidelines apply to him beginning in January 2017 when the Senate agreed to the new term limits.

Also take note of the “no budget, no pay” lines in these spots.

* Laura Ellman (vs. Sen. Mike Connelly)

* Ann Gillespie (vs. Sen. Tom Rooney)

* Bridget Fitzgerald (vs. Sen. John Curran)

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Memo From Turner - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    For Ellman’s race against Connelly, perhaps she can use Ives’ statement calling Connelly part of the combine in Springfield. Or better yet, Proft calling Connelly a snake worthy of Benedict Rauner.

  2. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:48 pm:

    And it all started with a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate calling for Term Limits for Leaders in 2002.

  3. - National - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 12:51 pm:

    If it’s ok for Pelosi, it should be ok for Madigan. The senate doesn’t vote for Speaker and even if they passed the law now, Madigan would still have 10 years.

  4. - Driving a car - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    ==If it’s ok for Pelosi, it should be ok for Madigan==

    That is an extremely weird rationale

  5. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    Those would be great ads for a Democratic candidate for Governor.

    You would think a smart candidate would be able to read polls that say Mike Madigan is the most unpopular politician in the state by far.

    Democratic primary voters for Governor gave candidates who ran against Mike Madigan 121,880 more votes that the pro Madigan JB Pritzker.

    Keep up the good work JB!

  6. - DuPage Bard - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    DuPage and Cook collar races?
    Probably a really good way to move before Brady and his sorts start sending out mail or do cable saying they’re all pawns of Madigan anyway.
    They should all show that the GOP caucus will only have two downstate women on Jan 19, they used to have five and one of them was the leader. Don’t suburban women deserve to be at the table? That’s your hit in the year of the woman. GOP doesn’t like women, they’ve purged their own roster of women and replaced them with old white men.
    This would be hard to use if Jeanne Ives was their candidate. She could literally fill the female question for the whole roster. Instead they lied and abused a woman to keep her from leading the GOP.

  7. - Daniel Bris - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    In the swing county these candidates are running in where it is often difficult to articulate the value proposition of voting for one specific state legislator over another, “term limits for mike madigan” is the easiest way to distinguish oneself at the doors as an independent change agent regardless of whether or not that’s true.

  8. - Robert the 1st - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:15 pm:

    Um, everyone here, including the “regulars” was in on the “anti-Madigan act” before Bruce Rauner was elected. And for good reason too.

  9. - Been There - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    At least it appears Laura Ellman is using real tools and looks like working on an actual project. Much unlike that bad Rauner ad from 4 years ago which actually had a plumbing drain pipe upside down

  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:18 pm:

    Perspective? 2016…

    Mendoza beat Munger.

    Both the HGOP and SGOP picked up seats.

    Madigan in the Micro is making hay, while Rauner in the Macro is not the best ticket.

    These ads are the response to 2016… with Mendoza… and the GA seats…

  11. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    ==Keep up the good work JB==

    Well, considering he’s polling a double digit lead over Rauner right now I’d say he’s doing ok at this particular moment in time.

  12. - Roman - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    Three pretty solid introductory ads.

    I’ve been skeptical about the ”blue wave” being strong enough to flip those suburban legislative districts. Connelly’s district in particular was gerrymandered as a “packed” GOP district. But if the Senate Dems are able to drastically outspend the GOP (and with no cash coming from Bruce, they just might) I guess anything is possible.

  13. - Robert the 1st - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    Nicolas Maduro polls pretty well too, Demoralized.

  14. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:31 pm:

    What an ignorant comment

  15. - ILPundit - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:33 pm:

    All I have to say is this: Back in the day when I worked legislative campaigns, the Madigan operation never worried if a tactic they used hurt Rock, Emil, or their candidates. In fact, they kinda congratulated themselves when they did.

    Any frustration the Speaker or his team have over this need to refer to the dictionary for a definition of “Karma”

  16. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:34 pm:

    ===Probably a really good way to move before Brady and his sorts start sending out mail or do cable saying they’re all pawns of Madigan anyway.===

    So far Rauner has stiffed the SGOPs. Does Brady have any money to fight back?

  17. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    Springfield Democrats are pro woman?

    Someone forgot to tell Mike Madigan, Tim Mapes, Ira Silverstein, Lou Lang and the rest of the Metoo Madigan crew.

  18. - A guy - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:37 pm:

    President Cullerton could eliminate any hypocrisy whatsoever. Just make it retroactive for both he and the Speaker. At that point, you could take him and this group of candidates seriously.

    At the moment, it remains a laughable joke.

  19. - Rail Splitter - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:41 pm:

    - Been There - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    At least it appears Laura Ellman is using real tools and looks like working on an actual project. Much unlike that bad Rauner ad from 4 years ago which actually had a plumbing drain pipe upside down

    Good point, lots of woodworkers sand boards before they cut them with a circular saw. If you don’t see the obvious flaws in that then I’m guessing you never took a shop class.

  20. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:42 pm:

    ==it remains a laughable joke.==

    The Governor’s plan wouldn’t be retroactive either. Unless you think the Governor is a laughable joke. In which case I’d agree.

  21. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    ===lots of woodworkers sand boards before they cut them with a circular saw===

    Nice catch. Well, it would be a nice catch if it was the same board. It ain’t. lol

  22. - low level - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==if its good enough for Pelosi==
    There are term limits for congressional chairs, but Im unaware of any for majority or minority party leaders. Am i wrong?

    ==Any frustration the Speaker or his team have over this==
    They could care less. They respect winning. Period

  23. - low level - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    ^House (Congressional) committee chairs should make clear

  24. - ILPundit - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 2:21 pm:

    @low level

    ==They could care less. They respect winning. Period.==

    That doesn’t square with what I’m hearing

  25. - strawman - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 2:52 pm:

    “It’s broke, and I’m going to fix it.”…..Groundbreaking….

  26. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    =That doesn’t square with what I’m hearing=

    Fair enough. If so, they have changed and would be well advised to forget such ridiculous nonsense and stay focused.

  27. - Anonnuicci - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    Fitzgerald lost my vote, and the 4 votes in my home.

  28. - Honey Bear - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    Wait, where is the “Now is the time to…” or “This is the most important election of our lifetime so…:

  29. - James Knell - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 5:30 pm:

    One person’s “Party Boss” is another person’s senior statesman.

  30. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 5, 18 @ 8:35 pm:

    I was bugged by the line from two of them about no budget-no pay. Courts have ruled you can’t do that. We just spent the last, what, six years, determining that. So don’t promise that. It’s disingenuous. Makes you sound Republican, and not in a positive way.

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