Quinn's Political Insult

Governor Patrick Quinn just may have lost the governor's race with his selected pick of Sheila Simon as his running mate for Lt. Governor. She is at best a novice politician from a well known downstate political family.  This is not enough to be the Lt. Governor. Politics has changed. The election has been ignored. The selection has been initiated. The politicians have decided over the voters. Clearly, fairly and without a doubt  the 30 year veteran West Side  senator should have been Quinn's running mate  as Lt. Governor.  He placed second in the race according to the voters.  When Cohen stepped aside,  under most circumstances,  Turner should have stepped up.

The concern was with Turner the ticket was too black heavy and would cause the Democrats to loose.  Stepped in racial politics. Simon   represents "geographical diversity."  
Quinn has insulted the Black community and he should  be checked for doing so in the November election.  Many are saying they will stay home and others are saying they will vote Republican in protest.
Hopefully the Black pulpits will lock  Quinn out in the name of "geographical diversity." A strong message needs to be sent to the Democratic  Party, which is very simple. Stop taking the Black community for granted.  
Quinn and the Democratic State Central Committee has insulted the Black community with their  selection.  We have moved from elected politics to selected politics.  But at the end of the day the voters still have the final say, when they vote.  


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  • I was wondering what you were going to suggest in the face of what you (not I) called what would be a racist act by Quinn.*

    I would also be interested in your reaction to Mary Mitchell's column in today's Sun-Times, especially:

    Rush explained why he got behind Quinn's third pick:

    "I think African Americans are well-positioned in November in terms of exercising power. Simon comes from stock that has been a friend of the African-American community," he said.

    Rush also pointed out that Simon has not demonstrated any "animus" toward African Americans, and that Quinn should be able to pick his own running mate.

    But at least one black committeeman who was at the Rush meeting was stunned by his vote.

    "Bobby Rush really disappointed us. He was the same person who wanted to have us come together, and then he flips the script," the committeeman told me."

    And Mitchell's conclusion:
    Come November, black churches will welcome Quinn back into the pulpit, and everyone needing a job will be shaking his hand.

    I sure wonder why the Black Congressmen have so embraced Quinn and, with Schakowsky, got in such a lather over Hynes using Harold Washington actually saying that Quinn was incompetent (verified by Joel Weisman). If you can explain this behavior that seems so contrary to those members of Congress's self interest, I would be interested in reading it.
    *I know what Dennis Byrne, who also took up this cause, would do.

  • In reply to jack:

    Racial politics has been played, definitely. I don't if it is racist. I think it is an insult. On this issue, I disagree with Congressman Rush. I too was stunned by his vote. Mary Mitchell's column was great today. It is interesting all of the discussion on the Lt. Governor, because had Quinn not been Lt. Governor he would probably not be the Governor today. I think we all have to play by the same set of rules, no matter what the race, religion, gender is. We moved from election to selection politics. And the next Lt. Governor was not elected by the people. Sheila Simon may bring balance to the ticket but it is not fair and the Democrats are poised to loose. And maybe as Mary's writes they will parade into the pulpit and everyone needing a job, which is many, will shake hands. But maybe not. If the name of fairness Art Turner should be the next Lt. Governor, or better yet Cohen should not have dropped out of the race.

    Thanks for writing. I appreciate your comments.

  • Actually I did think Claypool was the better candidate. However, I didn't think he could win.

  • In reply to hhartman:
  • In reply to jack:

    When you wrote first, I did not know your reference. I responded accordingly to your current post.

  • Thanks for writing. I did write about it in N'DIGO. Whether we like or not racial politics is very much a part of Chicago/Illinois politics. It happens. It works. Sometimes we fall for it on both sides. And this year we may get the GOP. Maybe they have been gone too long and the Democrats are taken much for granted. What's your thoughts?

  • In reply to hhartman:

    Based on your last two responses, in that you were not aware of the Claypool issue until Feb. 2010, when I pointed it out, while the events at issue occurred in July, 2006, the correct answer to 1096's question is that you did not write about the gross injustice that was done in 2006 at the time that it happened.

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