The Chicago Sun-Times web post about Illinois State Senator Ricky Hendon abruptly resigning contained a side story about how Hendon and President Obama got into it Downstate. Evidently, Hendon embarrassed, then Senator, Obama about his lack of compassion for West Side children during a floor speech. Obama then challenged Hendon to a good old ass-kicking out back. He, who would have known that President Obama was an Ass-Kicking Stud?
According to the Sun-Times account:
Afterward, Hendon wrote, Obama came to his desk and “told me in an eerie, dark voice that came from some secret place within the ugly side of him, ‘You embarrassed me on the Senate floor and if you ever do it again, I will kick your ass!'”
Hendon said Obama then challenged him to go to the rear of the Senate chamber out of the eyesight of reporters for a fight, and Hendon did so. “A little pushing and shoving occurred, laced with profanity too vulgar to write, from both of us, until Sen. Donne Trotter and others separated us,” Hendon wrote.The incident, Hendon wrote, showed that Obama “will not hesitate to fight on behalf of the United States if it comes down to it, just as he tried to fight me because of his personal beliefs.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but the side story sure was more interesting than the fact that Ricky Hendon resigned without explanation. But, while we are on the subject, yes it is true. After 18 years, Ricky “Hollywood” Hendon has stepped-down effective immediately. Hendon, 57, had been a member of Senate President John Cullerton’s leadership team. Meanwhile, Hendon’s colleagues have said that some of the reasons for his resignation ranged from “disappointment over low voter turnout,” especially in the City Clerk race where the candidate he backed lost, to “the children not being important enough in Governor Quinn’s budget.”
While Ricky Hendon will be remembered for his tireless work advocating for school-children, he will also be remembered for his tirade against GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bill Brady, while introducing Governor Quinn. Hendon described Brady “as the most racist, idiotic, sexist, homophobic” person he knew. Although Hendon attempted to apologize, Brady refused to accept it.
Another thing Ricky Hendon will be remembered for, though, will be the federal scrutiny he faced for state grants he authorized. In all Federal subpoenas went to five state agencies requesting copies of contracts and other financial records related to 50 not-for-profit agencies and a dozen individuals, many with direct links to Hendon.
It should be pointed out that Ricky Hendon has not been charged nor is he named in the Federal subpoenas.
Whatever the reasons were for Hendon’s resignation, they must have weighed upon his mind. If it turns out that the basic reason was Quinn’s cutting of public and essential services, then I applaud him. Governor Quinn is no friend of the people and everyone that voted for him should be getting a sinking feeling right about now in what they have unleashed. Maybe Hendon wrote about it in his upcoming book, Backstabbers II?
That sure would be interesting wouldn’t it?
However, if it does relate to the redirecting state grants aimed at helping the disadvantaged children that he often spoke for, then Ricky Hendon’s 18 years in the Statehouse become hypocritical and all for naught.
I am sure there is more to come.