But with Madigan still heading the statewide Democratic Party — the party to which Welch, Pritzker and Senate President Don Harmon of Oak Park belong — and with Madigan’s continuing control of the political funds, Republicans would have even more ammunition to tie Democratic candidates to “dirty money” from Madigan, according to Redfield.
Madigan’s involvement with the campaign money also could confuse donors who in the past maximized the amount of money they could legally give to Democrats by donating to one of four funds controlled by Madigan, Redfield said. Madigan was able to legally transfer the money between funds.
But with Madigan no longer directly involved with legislation, donations to some of those funds would come with less assurance the money would influence bills or gain access to lawmakers, Redfield said.
Um, setting the “Madigan” question aside, wouldn’t it be a good thing if DPI contributions were no longer tied to state legislation? Some parts of that story were just… odd. For instance, despite the “Madigan” warnings to Senate Democrats, that caucus actually picked up a net seat last year, which wasn’t mentioned.
* Back to the piece…
Bill Houlihan, a Springfield resident and an Illinois Democratic State Central Committee representative for the 18th Congressional District, wouldn’t comment on whether Madigan should resign.
Houlihan is Dick Durbin’s guy. Durbin has long wanted to control the state party and called on Madigan to quit the DPI chairmanship last year. Interesting that Houlihan wouldn’t comment now.
* From yesterday…
“I’m going to be an active Democrat. I will be an active Democrat in whatever role is available to me,” he said. Asked if he had made a decision about stepping down from the state party chairmanship, Madigan said, “We haven’t gotten to that bridge yet.” Asked when that would be, he said, “I have no idea.”
“I don’t feel a need to step down,” he said.
Others would differ, of course. Lots of others.
* The Question: Should Michael Madigan step aside as DPI Chair? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please…