Art Turner Should Run for Lt. Governor

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The Lieutenant Governor's race shouts racism.  On Thursday, February 11, John Kass of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about Democrats showing their true colors.  Questioned is who will be appointed to the  Lieutenant Governor's seat left vacant by the winner, Mr. Scott Cohen.  The seat should go to State Rep. Athur L. Turner.  He was second in line with the most votes in the recent election.  

Democrats Show true colors in lieutenant governor race

Since Cohen decided to resign, and  after a talk with  powerhouse, Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House, the seat is vacant.  The public is silent and there needs to be noise  and notice. Racial politics is being played here.  Turner was Madigan's candidate and is  overwhelmingly qualified. He has been a State Represenative for the past 30 years.    He is everything, the winner, Cohen is not. 

The argument against Turner is that he is  a Black man and that the Democratic General Election ticket will not be balance if he is on it.  Governor Pat Quinn leads the tickets with four other Black candidates.  If Turner is at the top of the ticket, the ticket is too too Black and the balanced ticket should be  White, particularly a downstate White person  to produce the winner.  The premise is racially motivated.  Have you ever heard of the ticket being too Irish, or too Irish heavy? 

But race should not matter, right.  After all we are post racial in 2010.    What should  matter is the vote.  The voters voted for Cohen. He won the election.  But if he has opted not to run, that is his free will.  But the second high vote getter should automatically step up.  The voters are being discounted.    The Lt. Governor's post is not an appointed position.  In this case, the candidate did not die,  or was  impeached.  The appointed position would  serve full term.  Therefore, the voters  should be the ruling voice. 

By all rules and standards of fairness, Arthur Turner, should be on the Democratic ticket as Lt. Governor in 2010.    If he is not,  he has been cheated and every politician in the state should scream and so should the voters.  The Democrats should play fair.  And rather than try to eliminate the position, why not have a special election and allow the voters to vote.  In a democracy we are playing with fire, when we start appointing full term positions.   

So, who do you think should run as the democratic candidate in the general election?   Should we hold a special election?  

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  • This racism things is complete dung. Wouldn't the ticket be balanced with say, Raja Krisnamoorthi on the ticket? Or, are you racist against people of Indian descent? He was second in the comptrollers race. He was a top dog for the Obama Senate campaign and in the Illinois AG office. Why not him? Why Art Turner? Turner ran and lost. Cohen ran and won. So Cohen resigned because he was going to sink the ticket, but let's get real here. You lose, you lose. And if the winner gets the boot from the ticket, laws are laws. The committee gets to pick who they want based on whatever criteria they want.

  • In reply to thelowedown:

    No its not. Raja ran for the comptroller not the Lt. Gov. Art Turner because he was the second highest vote getter for Lt. Gov. If David Miller, who was the highest vote getter for comptroller, had to drop out for any reason, Raja should step up to the comptroller seat. You are mixing the offices. I am not challenging the law, but I am questioning it. You lose as you mix the positions.

  • In reply to hhartman:

    As I mentioned earlier, what about Forrest Claypool in 2006?

  • In reply to hhartman:

    I don't know your reference.

  • In reply to hhartman:

    To put it real simply...

    John Stroger (a Black Man) won the 2006 primary for County Board President, even though he had a stroke a week before the primary. Forrest Claypool (a White Man) came in second. However, the slating committee decided that "since Dan Lipinski was entitled to his father's seat, so was Todd." (Similarly, Robert Steele was entitled to his mother's seat, because she resigned to preserve her double pension for temporarily taking over John Stroger's seat for about five months).

    Since the County Board Presidency was the same office that both Strogers held, and, despite what Mayor Daley said, Todd did not win the primary, you don't have the out that you had vs. thelowdown. So, explain to me why Turner is entitled to the vacant ballot position, but Forrest Claypool was not.

    You can't convince us of racism if you wish to stay oblivious to the context.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, I gotta say that there are a lot more white politicians who got their job because of who their fathers are than there are black politicians who got their job because of who their fathers are. (though Art Turner's son along with Todd Stroger are exceptions to this)

  • In reply to jack:

    Using my logic Forrest Claypool would have gotten the seat. My point, is the slating committee is not always fair and there should be basic ground rules that are fair and color blind. The vote count should count, otherwise we disregard the voting public.

    For the most part Black politicians don't benefit from their fathers positions. For example, Burke to Burke, Daley to Daley, Madigan to Madigan, Hynes to Hynes. The Irish utilize generational politics.

  • In reply to hhartman:

    But it seems like the Black politicians have no qualms about using it either. And, except for Lipinski to Lipinski, it seems like only the Black ones want to circumvent the primary nominating process, like Stroger II and Steele II did. I don't seem to recall that when Harold Washington died, the Irish mafia appointed Richard M. to the acting mayor post; wasn't it Eugene Sawyer? http://cbs2chicago.com/local/eugene.sawyer.dies.2.634037.html Similarly, didn't Dan Hynes run in the past three primaries, two of which he won and the latest that he didn't?

    It is one thing to be in the family business; it is another to try to convince the Democratic slate makers that one need not run in the primary and still have a hereditary entitlement to the office.

    Turner didn't win the primary, so, by all accounts, he is not entitled to be slated. And if we follow the logic you now espouse, you have to renounce your introductory statement "The Lieutenant Governor's race shouts racism." I say that what I described above shouts it worse.

  • In reply to jack:

    In a real sense all politicians are the same. Unfair to say that Blacks ones circumvent the nominating process. Remember Wilson Frost, he was cheated out of a top position. This is the same thing happening to Turner. My point, the more things seem to change, the more they actually stay the same. Did you read John Kass article in the Tribune? Sorry, but it smacks of racism and my first sentence
    remains.

    Whereas Hynes ran in three primaries, and won, he wouldn't be in politics probably if not for the family business. Turner didn't win the primary, Cohen did. But winner, Cohen was found unfit to serve. Turner was second and should be considered. Did you know he was Madigan's candidate?

  • In reply to hhartman:

    I did, which would disqualify him more in my eyes.

    Let's suppose that Justin Oberman was right and Robin Kelly (who apparently isn't Irish, despite her name) has to resign. Are you going to yell racism then? Or is it it fine that a White guy who is not Irish gets to knock a Black off the ballot?

    It seems like charges of racism work only one way. Thank you for confirming that.

  • In reply to hhartman:

    Art Turner is getting the shaft. I second your motion: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/dennis-byrne-barbershop/2010/02/lt-gov-needed-blacks-need-not-apply.html

  • In reply to DennisByrne1:

    Thanks.

  • In reply to DennisByrne1:

    There is another African American on the scene. A retired military man named Major Jesse L. Maggitt serving as a professor. He seems like a good guy. http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/print_display.php?id=452251

  • In reply to hhartman:

    Thanks for your article, Ms. Hartman. And I agree with you completely that people are making racist arguments against Turner. I think it is disgusting to say that there should only be so many slots for African Americans, and I've read people say that!

    But I don't agree that 2nd place automatically should step up - Turner only got 22% of the votes, despite being the slated candidate by Cook County, which is a pretty poor performance. It isn't like the people prefer him to anybody else. I think the Democrats should pick whoever they think gives them the best chance of winning, and I don't think that Turner would be the best choice. I heard him on TV asked why he'd be the best choice, and he said simply because he finished 2nd, rather than explaining why he'd be the best choice to win. The one somebody else mentioned, Raja, is worthy of consideration because Raja is from Peoria, and has support in the suburbs. Like it or not (I live in Chicago), outside of Cook County is where most independent and swing voters are. I hope Quinn picks somebody who can help make sure the Democrats beat the Republicans in November.

  • In reply to Clarence3:

    I agree with you. It seems second place should be rewarded for being in second place. I agree with you the turnout was pathetic, therefore look where we are. The politicians are taking liberties in all quarters. I hope the Democrats maintain the seat.

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