Saturday, February 07, 2009

Republicans Ripping on Quinn Sends Wrong Message


It is inappropriate for state Republican leader, Andy McKenna, to start taking jabs at Governor Quinn his first week in office. What is the point? In one week in office, our new governor has met with all state constitutional officers for the first time in recent memory, he went to Washington via commercial aviation and met with White House officials and the entire Illinois Congressional delegation, he gave press conferences, and also travelled around the state. This is the first week in a long, long time, that Illinois taxpayers have gotten their money's worth from the state's #1 political servant.

I am grateful that we have a governor who is putting Illinois first. Quinn came to this office honestly, and following his actions this week, it is impossible to think that he hasn't thrown his heart and soul into his new job. Yes, Gov. Quinn is a Democrat, but he has spent this week doing precisely what public servants are supposed to do: serving the people. And Mr. McKenna had best be careful: no fewer than two solid Republicans told me this week that if Mr. Quinn continues taking coach class on his official flights that they would consider voting for him. Parties are good and necessary things, but they need to take a back seat to the important business of setting things in this state right. Let's save the campaigns for election season.

We don't know what the future will hold when it comes to Governor Quinn. For the moment, at least, he deserves our confidence, our support, and--as he requested--our prayers.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very nice of you to be so sweet to our new Reformer-in-Chief.

I'm sure he appreciates your kind heart.

Unfortunately, in that first week in office, he proposed an incumbency protection plan -- the postponement of Illinois' primary until a mere six weeks before the general election -- that will ensure that lovely Wilmette remains misrepresented by socialists like Jeff Schoenberg and Jan Schakowski for the rest of our natural lives.

The only right message -- for a political party or for a good individual citizen -- is to compliment the governor when he does something right, and to pounce when he advocates something wrong.

And with what we know of Pat Quinn's 35-year political history in Illinois, you can bet he'll be advocating bad policy every day he's in office.

JFD

Feb 7, 2009, 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Actually, after the brutally painful never-ending presidential campaign, I welcome a rollback of the primary. Our early primaries have been remarked upon (ok, from abroad, I admit) as a possible avenue for reform and I would like to try it. Since primaries are a never-ending string of changes in Illinois, we might as well give it a crack.

I am not so sure how many times they have changed the primaries in Illinois, but I know it has been more than once since Jeff Schoenberg was in office and it hasn't helped a bit. I would love to see Schoenberg and Schkowski gone, but don't think an early primary will help much.

As you can tell, I always think the best of people until proven wrong, and am perhaps a bit weak minded. Thanks for coming by and leaving the readers some food for thought. I appreciate your help.

Feb 7, 2009, 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again.

Giving the benefit of the doubt to a person's intentions is honorable and proper. No argument there.

But never forget that Quinn is an unreconstructed pure leftist. Maybe a nice one, maybe an honest one, maybe a decent guy... but still a leftist.

We shouldn't attack him as evil, as long as he acts decently... but we mustn't allow his niceness and openness to cause us to pull our punches. A charm offensive is still an offensive.

I have lived in Wisconsin, home of the September primary and November general for decades. You just can't beat an incumbent with a six-week general campaign. It can't be done.

Go ahead and like him as a person if you want... but no conservative or moderate should consider supporting his positions.

JFD

Feb 7, 2009, 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Well it's really too early to know what positions he will be taking, and it is pretty sure they will be Democrat positions. At the moment we are in pretty bad need of leadership. We will have plenty of time to find fault with him come election season; I am sick of the permanent campaign. Again, thanks for your thoughts.

Feb 8, 2009, 12:02:00 AM  

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