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Sen. Martinez: “Speaker Madigan needs to explain these inconsistencies or resign as leader of the Party”

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019

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* Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) supported the appointment of Eva-Dina Delgado to the House over Speaker Madigan’s strong objections. Martinez sent out a press release today…

Recent news reports call into question the forthrightness of Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan’s commitment to fighting the harassment and abuse that spurred the #METOO movement. The Chicago Tribune reports Speaker Mike Madigan closest political confidants paid disgraced political operator Kevin Quinn, more than $30,000. The first payments arrived right after Madigan publicly stated that Quinn was no longer part of his political organization. During the same period, Madigan penned a Tribune Op-ed, saying he “made it a personal mission to take this issue head-on and correct past mistakes.”

“Women are the foundation of the Democrat Party. Speaker Madigan doesn’t get this simple fact. Last year, Speaker Madigan claimed to want to clean up his messes. His long-serving Chief-of-Staff had to leave in disgrace because of sexual harassment. His key aide, the brother to his Alderman, also had to exit in disgrace because of sexual harassment. He publicly promised things would be different. But he didn’t want to change his staff’s behavior. He wanted a cover-up. Madigan lied in public while his cronies paid the harasser,” states Senator Iris Martinez, who is also a State Central Democratic Committeeperson. “This action should not be tolerated from Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. Speaker Madigan needs to explain these inconsistencies or resign as leader of the Party.”

At an Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association event last year, Michael Madigan addressed the importance of abolishing a culture that perpetuated sexual harassment, bullying, and fear of retaliation in the workplace. He outlined measures taken against party officials and collaborators who fired after reports of harassing behavior. Many people believed that speaker Madigan’s words were the prelude to a real and positive change. This week’s Tribune story demonstrates Mike Madigan’s sincerity on sexual harassment was merely public relations cover.

“I urge my colleagues in the party and the legislature to join my demand for answers. Speaker Madigan must state what he knew, and when he knew it,” Martinez continued. The party and the public deserve to know why Madigan’s top lieutenants paid $30,000 to a fired, disgraced sexual harasser while at the same time directing a PR whisper campaign against the victim. The misogyny of the Madigan era must end. Women have come too far to have a leader who thinks pay-offs and cover-ups are appropriate. Madigan should be ashamed that he and his people stand with the harasser and against the victim.”

* She and others also talked to the Tribune yesterday

A Madigan spokeswoman stood by the statement given when the Tribune disclosed McClain’s role: “If a group of people were attempting to help Kevin Quinn, the speaker was not a part of it.” […]

As for Martinez, she and Madigan have been involved in some intraparty fights, including local Democratic Party slatemaking.

But Martinez, the state central committeewoman of the 4th Congressional District, said her questions about Madigan had nothing to do with her run for circuit court clerk. She did not get the Cook County party endorsement of Madigan and other local Democratic leaders, who slated Michael Cabonargi, a member of the county Board of Review.

In addition to Martinez’s comments, Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago called the payments to Quinn “frustrating.” Cassidy also said it was “incredibly frustrating” that so many people were worried about [Kevin] Quinn rather than his victim. “Everybody’s asking about him,” she said.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments
  1. - Just Me - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:09 am:

    Paulie had a lot of buffers, but it was one of his own that eventually brought Paulie down.


  2. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:18 am:

    That escalated quickly.


  3. - R A T - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:20 am:

    = That escalated quickly =

    Agreed. Wow.


  4. - Amalia - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:24 am:

    What she said.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:27 am:

    There is significant difference between what is legal and what is the ethical standard to be the head of a party.

    Not understanding those differences makes one confused.

    There should be no confusion.


  6. - Back to the Future - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:37 am:

    Agree with Amalia.


  7. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:58 am:

    The message is the correct one. It will be interesting to see if this call is joined by a groundswell from his House caucus, which have been almost completely silent, as well as others not perceived to have ongoing political beefs with him.


  8. - PublicServant - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 11:51 am:

    She’ll be fine.


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