SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) - It appears the call for compromise and political unity has been lost on the Governor of Illinois. Pat Quinn is steaming over a meeting the leader of the Democratic Party in Illinois took time to meet with the U.S. House Speaker, who’s a Republican.
Quinn told reporters Wednesday in Chicago that he wasn’t happy to hear that Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) attended a
fundraiser for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a couple of weeks ago.
“Frankly I’m disappointed,” Quinn said. “I know Mike and he’s been a strong Democrat as long as I’ve known him. He’s the head of our party in Illinois, the Democratic Party. I don’t think going to see John Boehner at some gathering at a house in Lemont, supporting whatever his fund is, the John Boehner fund, sends the right message.” Quinn says “Speaker Boehner let the country down.”
Since news about the appearance came out some partisans on both sides of the political field are shocked. A spokesman from Madigan’s office says the message of the times is for people to cooperate and that’s what Madigan is doing. Madigan also missed an important day for Democrats in Illinois. Asked if Madigan should have been at the State Fair on Governor’s Day, when all statewide Democrats held a rally there, Quinn said it would’ve been nice to see Madigan there. Instead of making the State Fair, Madigan was out-of-town with his family on vacation.