While seeing Harmon as Senator, there is no acknowledgement of the congratulations, his elevation to President.
We knew for a year how the Cullerton/Madigan/Pritzker dynamic worked, didn’t, even how maneuvering worked.
Given how things transpired after the jubilation on the floor went, I don’t know how the Senate will go about it’s business, then engage as a super-majority with the House super-majority and Governor. I have no idea.
This is nothing new, as the Speaker has often called Senators Jones and Cullerton, the same as he did with Senator Harmon. Very rarely does he mention, whoever the Senate President, the name Senate President notwithstanding, who holds the office.
Harmon had just graduated high school when Madigan was in his 2nd year as Speaker. Has there ever been such a large age difference? The generational dynamics may prove interesting.
Madigan may figure he can roll Harmon if difficulty arises, thinking Don is just some kid. That wont work. Harmon may be a nice guy on the outside but underneath that lies a tough negotiator. We’ll see.
Might add it’s refreshing to have a bond counsel rather than the customary property tax appeals lawyer the Democratic Party is used to (Madigan, Hynes, Tully and more).
Im sure the speaker means no disrespect and will work just fine w Sen. Prez Harmon. As we know he is a former staffer of the Speaker…the speaker knows full well who will command the leadership meetings..