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.
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?