Phony GOP candidate reveals Illinois’ illness

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Phony GOP candidate reveals Illinois' illness

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By John Ruberry

Illi­nois House Speaker Michael Madi­gan has been rep­re­sent­ing his South­west Side Chicago dis­trict since 1971. He’s been speaker since 1983, except for two years in the 1990s when the Repub­li­cans held a major­ity in Springfield.

The dis­trict is safely Demo­c­ra­tic, espe­cially since he and state Sen­ate Pres­i­dent John Culler­ton, also a Chicagoan, ger­ry­man­dered Illi­nois’ remap in 2011 in the spirit of Pablo Picasso.

But that’s not enough for Madi­gan. He still has to run for reelec­tion every two years, but he usu­ally faces Repub­li­can oppo­nents that few peo­ple have heard of, who don’t cam­paign, don’t set up polit­i­cal com­mit­tees, or raise money. That’s because in all like­li­hood they are front can­di­dates placed on the bal­lot by the Madi­gan organization.

Oh, I almost for­got – Madi­gan is the chair­man of the Illi­nois Demo­c­ra­tic Party.

Madigan’s most recent phony GOP oppo­nent, Ter­rence Gog­gin, is a prior can­di­date. But Mike’s jug­ger­naut may have over­reached this time. The Chicago Repub­li­can Party – yes, there is one – chal­lenged Goggin’s peti­tions. Not only does any­one not recall peti­tion­ers roam­ing the streets of the South­west Side gath­er­ing sig­na­tures for Gog­gin, many of the auto­graphs on those doc­u­ments have sim­i­lar hand­writ­ing. Just before Christ­mas, the Chicago Board of Elec­tions granted the Chicago GOP’s motion to sub­poena Goggin’s petitioners.

Ter­rence Gog­gin has run four times before, yet we have never met him,” the Chicago Repub­li­can Party’s Chris Cleve­land told ABC 7 Chicago. “We have never spo­ken to him there are no known pho­tos of him.”

On Thurs­day, and hour before the Gog­gin peti­tion­ers were to tes­tify about the valid­ity of the sig­na­tures on those peti­tions, the ephemeral Gog­gin with­drew from the race.

This affront to democ­racy seems like some­thing the Illi­nois attor­ney gen­eral should inves­ti­gate. But don’t hold your breath – the holder of that office is Lisa Madi­gan. Yes, she is the daugh­ter of the speaker.

Illi­nois is very ill.

Mean­while, the Chicago GOP is seek­ing real can­di­dates against Michael Madigan.

What would Abe think?
What would Abe think?

By John Ruberry

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been representing his Southwest Side Chicago district since 1971.  He’s been speaker since 1983, except for two years in the 1990s when the Republicans held a majority in Springfield.

The district is safely Democratic, especially since he and state Senate President John Cullerton, also a Chicagoan, gerrymandered Illinois’ remap in 2011 in the spirit of Pablo Picasso.

But that’s not enough for Madigan. He still has to run for reelection every two years, but he usually faces Republican opponents that few people have heard of, who don’t campaign, don’t set up political committees, or raise money. That’s because in all likelihood they are front candidates placed on the ballot by the Madigan organization.

Oh, I almost forgot–Madigan is the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Madigan’s most recent phony GOP opponent, Terrence Goggin, is a prior candidate. But Mike’s juggernaut may have overreached this time. The Chicago Republican Party–yes, there is one–challenged Goggin’s petitions. Not only does anyone not recall petitioners roaming the streets of the Southwest Side gathering signatures for Goggin, many of the autographs on those documents have similar handwriting.  Just before Christmas, the Chicago Board of Elections granted the Chicago GOP’s motion to subpoena Goggin’s petitioners.

“Terrence Goggin has run four times before, yet we have never met him,” the Chicago Republican Party’s Chris Cleveland told ABC 7 Chicago.  “We have never spoken to him there are no known photos of him.”

On Thursday, and hour before the Goggin petitioners were to testify about the validity of the signatures on those petitions, the ephemeral Goggin withdrew from the race.

This affront to democracy seems like something the Illinois attorney general should investigate. But don’t hold your breath–the holder of that office is Lisa Madigan. Yes, she is the daughter of the speaker.

Illinois is very ill.

Meanwhile, the Chicago GOP is seeking real candidates against Michael Madigan.