Way better than Rachel Maddow with Shawn Hannity: Berkowitz w/ Sen. Duffy on Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you’re saying [Senate President Cullerton (D-Chicago)] is going to use it for the [Nov. 6] election. Is it for his [Senate Democratic Party] members when they are running on Nov. 6, they can say, “We supported pension reform legislation, we couldn’t get the House to do it.”

Senator Dan Duffy: Yes, that’s exactly—that’s exactly what it’s for.

Jeff Berkowitz: And, you’re saying Senate President Cullerton should have spent real time trying to get all five state employee pension funds covered, get it passed [by the House and Senate] and also spent real time trying to get Speaker Mike Madigan to agree with him, get Governor Pat Quinn to agree, have him sign [the legislation after it passed], that’s your point?

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That's right.  State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) called the legislation that was sponsored by Senate President Cullerton and that passed the State Senate "a joke." Find out why and find out how Senator Duffy would handle pension reform if he were king-- er, I mean, if he were Governor of the State of Illinois. Find out if Senator Duffy has the right stuff to run for Governor.  The right stuff to beat potential Republican Gov candidates Senator Brady, Senator Dillard, and/or Treasurer Rutherford? The right stuff to beat Lisa Madigan or Pat Quinn in the General Election for Governor in 2014?  The right stuff to pass state employee pension reform legislation?  We discuss and you decide.

You can watch Senator Duffy debate and discuss key state legislative issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz on tonight's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs, airing throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.

Or, you could watch Senator Duffy, on your demand, on your computer.

 

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Was Senator Duffy right when he said the legislation passed by Senate President Cullerton in the senate was a “Joke.”  

Senator Dan Duffy [R-Lake Barrington]: …This bill [passed by President Cullerton in the Senate just before the Senate adjourned] is not going to go anywhere. We are wasting a lot of time…

Jeff Berkowitz: In defense of Senate President Cullerton, it was to show that [the Senate Democrats] wanted to do something [the Senate Democrats] put together a bi-partisan piece of legislation, yes, it only applied to two of the State Employee funds—why did it only apply to two,  rather than all five state employee funds?  Senate President Cullerton couldn’t have gotten  the votes for all five funds?

Senator Dan Duffy: That’s right. He couldn’t have gotten the votes from his side of the aisle and the only reason why he did this is to say—he passed pension reform legislation [in the State Senate] and try to market that as pension reform when it’s not.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you’re saying he is going to use it for the [Nov. 6] election. Is it for his [Senate Democratic Party] members when they are running on Nov. 6, they can say, “We supported pension reform legislation, we couldn’t get the House to do it.”

Senator Dan Duffy: Yes, that’s exactly—that’s exactly what it’s for.

Jeff Berkowitz: And, you’re saying Senate President Cullerton should have spent real time trying to get all five state employee pension funds covered, get it passed [by the House and Senate] and also spent real time trying to get Speaker Mike Madigan to agree with him, get Governor Pat Quinn to agree, have him sign [the legislation after it passed], that’s your point?

Senator Dan Duffy: Absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: If you were king, that’s what you would have done?

Senator Dan Duffy: Absolutely,and that’s what I said in the debate [prior to the vote]…and that’s why I said that this legislation was a joke.

Jeff Berkowitz: To be fair, if you were king and you were a Republican Governor—

Senator Dan Duffy: I would have done this a long time ago….

Jeff Berkowitz: …wouldn’t you have trouble getting a lot of your fellow Republicans to support that change [in the law]? Downstate Republicans who are not so big on pension reform, maybe more of their constituents are government employees?

Senator Dan Duffy: No, because right now the State of Illinois…

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