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Despite suspension of his campaign, Madigan still has staunch loyalists

Monday, Jan 11, 2021

* Hannah Meisel

“I’m with Madigan until I hear from him that he is withdrawing his candidacy to be the Speaker of the House,” State Rep. André Thapedi said Monday. […]

State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) said there’s no path forward for Williams.

“Ann Williams doesn’t have a cross-section of the state backing her,” Moylan said. “There’s no people who look like me — male moderates — she has one Black male, that’s surely not representative of the state, one Hispanic female, there’s no male hispanics, also there’s nobody from downstate…So how is she going to appeal to the rest of us?”

Asked if he thought Madigan’s play on Monday was a display of leadership, Moylan said others from the caucus are free to announce their candidacy to see if they can get to 60 votes.

Thapedi, a member of the House’s Black Caucus, said he likely wouldn’t look kindly on any candidate for House Speaker who comes forward now that Madigan suspended his campaign, calling them “opportunists.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

63 Comments
  1. - Pizza Man - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:53 pm:

    MJM, through his allies, is pressuring the Fab 19 to get back in line. Peer pressure, anyone?


  2. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:55 pm:

    ===pressuring the Fab 19 to get back in line===

    Because it’s worked so well so far.


  3. - Ok - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:56 pm:

    Ain’t many who look like you left on the D side, Marty


  4. - Colin O'Scopy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:56 pm:

    If the Speaker’s plan was to rain chaos, I think this move today succeeded.


  5. - pool boy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:58 pm:

    And he did it all without a twitter account.


  6. - The Captain - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:58 pm:

    I’m not at the point in my life where I’m ready to propose marriage to anyone just yet, but there are now definitely some candidates raising the bar on til death do us part.


  7. - Colin O'Scopy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 3:58 pm:

    =Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) said there’s no path forward for Williams.=

    One path would be if Speaker Madigan released his faction and urged them to support her. Just sayin.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:00 pm:

    === pressuring===

    The 19 will turn itself from coal to a diamond if pressure is applied.

    They are meeting their sole goal, deny Madigan.

    Loyalists better find another way.


  9. - Pizza Man - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:02 pm:

    Look folks no speaker candidate is going to reach a 60-vote threshold as long as Black/Latinx caucuses are solidly locked in with him.

    Until and when he gives the green light to release this chunk of votes, no one is gonna be speaker for some time.


  10. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:03 pm:

    Wherein Marty Moylan invites a 2022 Primary challenge


  11. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:04 pm:

    aggrieved, old, white male probably isn’t the selling point you think it is right now, Marty. We saw a lot of that last week in DC


  12. - Yeehaw - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:06 pm:

    Moylan’s second point about the lack of diverse members supporting Williams, while articulated somewhat crudely, is a real problem for the Williams team.

    Am I wrong in thinking that a white State Rep from the wealthy North Side neighborhoods of Chicago with (essentially) no support from minority members may not make the best choice?

    I hope she proves me wrong and is hard at work locking down the support of Black caucus and Latino caucus members right this very second. But as of right now Moylan is spot on: this is a five-alarm fire.


  13. - SuburbanWoman - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:10 pm:

    How does this work for the Speaker’s staff? Do their jobs continue until a new Speaker is elected or are they in a lurch once the new GA is sworn in if there is no Speaker for a while?


  14. - Centennial - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:10 pm:

    Marty, my man, you are not helping. White male tears aren’t going to move the ball.


  15. - SumGai1986 - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    **aggrieved, old, white male probably isn’t the selling point**

    I don’t think aggrieved is the right word, more like entitled.


  16. - Lefty Lefty - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    Kool-aid comes in many flavors.


  17. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:15 pm:

    **There’s no people who look like me — male moderates**

    Reps. Yingling and Carroll say hi.


  18. - Brendan - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:17 pm:

    I’m going to be honest. I’m a liberal, and good riddance, the Illinois Democratic party is worse than any rural Republican. I’m not sure how they can be sooooo bad (the details of the corruption are complicated), but I primarily blame Madigan for the culture of thievery that created the current state of our state.


  19. - The Gift That Keeps Giving... - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:18 pm:

    Marty Moylan is.


  20. - Montrose - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:21 pm:

    “Thapedi, a member of the House’s Black Caucus, said he likely wouldn’t look kindly on any candidate for House Speaker who comes forward now that Madigan suspended his campaign, calling them “opportunists.””

    Um. It’s a bunch of politicians. Of course they are opportunists.


  21. - Ferris Wheeler - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:23 pm:

    what Moylan cannot see is the problems that Ann Williams has with the left.

    In October, in the wake of George Floyd and BLM protests, Williams called for an increase in policing on Chicago’s north side, with more police, tactical units, anti-gang units and cameras.

    That is not gonna get you to 60, it only a matter of time before Cassidy bumps her off.

    Right now Cassidy is probably trying to nail down an endorsement from Equality Illinois and Personal PAC.

    The real question is who has the dough? Unless you are going to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pritzker, you have to be able to raise money on your own.

    Cassidy’s last quarterly report said she had $30K on hand. That’s plain awful.


  22. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:23 pm:

    This is what is known as a miscalculation. It happens to the best politicians. In 1968, Lyndon Johnson thought that the Democrats would demand he be the nominee and made plans to helicopter into the convention. This feels a little like that.


  23. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:23 pm:

    =I don’t think aggrieved is the right word, more like entitled.=

    If you know Marty, just give him a minute, he’ll get to aggrieved shortly


  24. - FIREDup!! - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:31 pm:

    Why are men so resistant to a woman, ANY woman being in charge? This is exactly why the women’s groups are “encouraging” a vote for a woman as the next speaker. We’re tired of hearing this garbage.


  25. - K3 - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:38 pm:

    Wow, this whole thing really is revealing the level of intelligence in the HDems caucus. Apparently that was another thing MJM’s strong leadership helped to conceal.


  26. - Astonished - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:44 pm:

    Oswego is correct. The 19 do not need to get to 60. They have enough to deny the Speaker. Their only goal.

    They need do nothing until the Speaker withdraws.


  27. - S. Side - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:45 pm:

    Marty is being transparent for all to see — unlike so many others — and all many want to do is blast him for giving you some insight.


  28. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:48 pm:

    ===The real question is who has the dough?===

    Oh, stop. Nobody can raise the same money as the House Speaker because nobody else is the House Speaker. You’re engaging in circular illogic.


  29. - Lincoln Lad - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:50 pm:

    It’s perfect - attacking the woman resurfaces the Madigan inner circle history of harassment of women. Next they’ll be promising consulting and lobbying gigs.


  30. - John Lee Pettimore, III - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:51 pm:

    It just occurred to me that Speaker Madigan has been speaker longer than Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy.


  31. - Just Me 2 - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:52 pm:

    Thapedi: Madigan is the only candidate for Speaker I can support at this time.

    Also Thapedi: If anyone else becomes a candidate for Speaker I won’t consider them.


  32. - fs - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:55 pm:

    == It just occurred to me that Speaker Madigan has been speaker longer than Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy.==

    But Pat Sajak still has him beat with Wheel of Fortune.


  33. - Downstate - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 4:55 pm:

    Lou Holtz once said, “When your opponent is attempting trick plays, it’s their admission that they don’t they can beat you straight up.”

    MJM’s suspension of his campaign is clearly a “trick play”.


  34. - S. Side - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:00 pm:

    No mention of Vanna?


  35. - Frumpy White Guy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:01 pm:

    Thapedi & Moylan they the best advocates for another Madigan term. I’m sure the two are greatly respect for their incredible intellect and abilities as Legislators. Pretty sure all prospective candidate should be very intimidated by this dynamic duo and the sway they have with their fellow members.


  36. - SandyC - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:08 pm:

    ~~Moylan said. “There’s no people who look like me — male moderates —~~

    Did he really just say that? Marty, Marty, Marty, step out of the mess before you need a shovel. #whencommentsshowyoutherealslimshady


  37. - 4 percent - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:10 pm:

    It only took 4 ballots for Rob Karr to be elected Speaker this year. /s


  38. - Toothpicks and Ice Cream - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:10 pm:

    Why is it surprising that people who back Madigan still back Madigan? It’s a double standard to think “of course the 19 are staying strong” but to think the other side would not. Also, can we talk about Rep. Mayfield’s confident statement last night that Madigan will get to 60? Why is she not taken seriously?


  39. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:14 pm:

    === Also, can we talk about Rep. Mayfield’s confident statement last night that Madigan will get to 60? Why is she not taken seriously?===

    (Sigh)

    === It’s a double standard to think “of course the 19 are staying strong”===

    When you’re done arguing with yourself, I hope you come to terms… the 19 have more power in denying than anyone cobbling at this point


  40. - Toothpicks and Ice Cream - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:21 pm:

    I’m not arguing with myself, Willy. Just because someone disagrees with you, it isn’t necessary to deflect and sigh.


  41. - Huh? - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:23 pm:

    “I primarily blame Madigan for the culture of thievery that created the current state of our state.”

    Just stop. You part the igop echo chamber. Either put up or shut up. If you have proof of corruption, spill the beans. Until then, carping about Madigan corruption is rehashing the rauner myth of Madigan corruption.

    Until Madigan is charged with a crime, or until someone produces the goods, Madigan is clean.


  42. - Toothpicks and Ice Cream - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:23 pm:

    However, I do agree with you Willy, that the only power the 19 have is to deny.


  43. - Anon1 - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:31 pm:

    @ Toothpicks, because it’s Rita Mayfield. She and Thapedi and Moylan are, as another poster said, not the bright shining lights of the caucus.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:31 pm:

    === I’m not arguing with myself===

    Ok.

    === the only power the 19 have is to deny.===

    That’s all they are trying to accomplish, nothing more


  45. - low level - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:35 pm:

    So Marty Moylan is playing the race card?


  46. - Ok - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:49 pm:

    It does sound like Rep. Williams has been building even more support, and the likelihood of Madame Speaker has only increase since this morning. I did not expect that.


  47. - Toothpicks and Ice Cream - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 5:51 pm:

    Anon1: I would not underestimate any of the black caucus members.


  48. - SpiDem - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 6:03 pm:

    I don’t think it’s an accident that Madigan finally acknowledged the math with barely 48 hours before they start casting ballots on the floor.

    In the best of circumstances, putting together a successful leadership campaign takes more than 2 days. Under deadline pressure and with MJM clearly not releasing at least some of his votes? Very, very hard.

    He knows this. He wants chaos, and is using it as a tool to bring the caucus to heel.

    I don’t expect it to work.


  49. - Touchdown Rejus - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 6:12 pm:

    Live look on Madigan this evening
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-VnU3WQuyk


  50. - Anon1 - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 6:48 pm:

    @ Toothpicks, I do not. But like any group within the chamber, there are leaders and…others. They are not the leaders. My guess is that the next speaker will come from the Black caucus once either Madigan releases them from their commitment, or they release themselves in the interest of the entire Democrat caucus and agree on a leader from within their own ranks.


  51. - Thefutureisfemale - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 6:50 pm:

    https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sgsm19986.doc.htm

    “Only through the equal participation of women can we benefit from the intelligence, experience and insights of all of humanity. Women’s equal participation is vital to stability, helps prevent conflict, and promotes sustainable, inclusive development. Gender equality is the prerequisite for a better world.”

    - UN Secretary-General António Guterres


  52. - Essential State Employee - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 7:02 pm:

    Is one of the remaining Madigan loyalists Rep. Scherer?


  53. - thefutureisfemale - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 7:04 pm:

    Agree with @Lincoln Lad

    “I firmly believe they thought I was too loyal to ever come forward” - Alena Hampton 2018

    “Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” -Kamala Harris 2021


  54. - Thefutureisfemale - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 7:07 pm:

    Agree with @Lincoln Lad (*corrected typo)

    “I firmly believe they thought I was too loyal to ever come forward” - Alaina Hampton 2018

    “Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” -Kamala Harris 2021


  55. - Steve B - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 7:10 pm:

    Asking for a friend.
    Will all candidates publicly pledge that they will NOT accept republican support in order to get to 60?


  56. - S. Side - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 7:40 pm:

    If the feds had something on MJM, they’d have filed it by now.


  57. - Sue - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 8:02 pm:

    S. Side- totally disagree. The Feds move at a glacier pace and don’t move to indictment until they are 99 percent certain of being able to secure a conviction. Any delay is due to normal investigation steps and lining up evidence. It is likelgg up that if Madigan is ever indicted it will await resolution of the pending cases against those already indicted


  58. - rules - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 8:09 pm:

    == In the best of circumstances, putting together a successful leadership campaign takes more than 2 days.==

    OK but I’m still having a difficult time seeing how “suspending” one’s campaign is a sigh of strength.


  59. - "Old Timer Dem" - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 8:26 pm:

    Look for a lot of “Present” votes until Madigan announces his long term intentions. And I disagree with those who say that the 19 only have the power to deny. They also have the power to deal.


  60. - "Old Timer Dem" - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 8:30 pm:

    There are 67 Reps who are not committed to MJM. Deal? Just sayin.


  61. - Glass half full - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 9:08 pm:

    Muhammed Ali, The Greatest, used this exact tactic against George Foreman in the rumble in the jungle.

    Anyone remember who won?


  62. - Keyrock - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 10:41 pm:

    S. Side. - if the feds had enough on Madigan they would have filed by now. They have something. But they don’t think they have enough, yet. They still seem to want more,


  63. - TKMH - Monday, Jan 11, 21 @ 10:51 pm:

    Madigan’s team is no more than a “glorified crew,” for those who get the reference.


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