My Legion of Reader will note that Paul Vallas was my neighbor and boon chum. I love Paul and his family.
Pat Quinn is no Paul Vallas. Pat Quinn is Governor of Illinois because Rod Blagojevich went to jail. Once Governor, Pat Quinn depended solely on the kindness of strange rangers - Dawn Clark Netsches, Dr. Quentin Youngs, Boss Terry Cosgroves, Ralph Martires, and the canoe guy, Quinn keeps hiring.
Sun Times Cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize recipient Jack Higgins nails the entire Quinn strategy (above). Quinn could not lead a glutton to a free lunch counter.
Pat Quinn proves the cockroach rule of Darwinian longevity. Pat Quinn is a dyed in the wool, pure gospel, snake handling Progressive. He survived politics in much the same way that lamprey eels enjoy long and healthy life cycles. Someone provides an electoral ride, dies, or goes to jail and Pat Quinn . . . well, you get the idea of my sentiments.
Anyway, I am not alone among voters who supported Pat Quinn in his run against Pat Brady and bought all of his 'workingman's best pal and loyalty is my middle-name" BS. Pat Quinn is only loyal to the Hyde Park Progressive agenda - always was and always will be: contrarian doctrinaire (if it sounds stupid Quinn is all over it) on law and law enforcement, pro-criminal, pro-radical, abortion happy and tax fabulous.
Pat Quinn has stuck his pinkies in the eyes of African American Democratic voters. Quinn arrogantly assumes he has 'them' all locked up. Quinn needs blue collar ethnic white voters, again. He arrogantly assumes that they will follow the dictates of parish culture and neighborly obligation and vote for a one of them - the Tall Greek with Gorgeous Dutch Wife.
The very people for whom Pat Quinn scorns for their loyalty, their faith and their sense of civic duty - same as the black voters.
Pat Quinn needs Paul Vallas. The very last thing Illinois needs is Pat Quinn. I love Paul Vallas, as I love myself.
I would not for Pat Quinn, if I were on the ticket with him.