Pat Quinn: The Very Archetype of “Cheeky”
Poor Governor Quinn. First sent to earth to fix a fiscal crisis in Illinois by calling it a pension problem, not a resulting debt for decades of stiffing what was owed to public workers.
That’s a challenge.
Now, he finds himself polling seriously behind a billionaire opponent candidate with only vague visions of a “better business climate,” a devoted love of profitable charter schools, and foggy promises about real plans to be shared in the future. “We’ll get right back to you on that.”
Certainly, that’s frustrating.
But Pat Quinn often operates like a Jack Horner, heaping praise upon himself for legislation and political history quite outside of his own doing…like SB1. That was the work of Madigan, and now Pat, deep in a political corner, is calling out to his past constituency to help him battle Rauner.
Past constituency like me.
Right now, Quinn is running about 80% behind Rauner in donations for his gubernatorial campaign, so he’s reaching out to his past electorate once again for assistance.
Are you kidding me, Pat?
You think you feel unappreciated? You ought to be a public sector retiree, or worker, Pat.
I received your note this morning:
Midnight tonight marks the most critical fundraising deadline so far in this election.
It's a test of whether a grassroots campaign built by people like you can compete with a handful of billionaire donors.
Let's show them what we can do:
Thank you for standing with me in this fight.
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I’ve got to admit, Pat, it’s a tough choice. You, the lesser of two evils; or Rauner, trying to work his dark magic in a state where the real sorcerer will thwart his every breath.
And, Pat, you know there are hundreds of thousands of us who feel like I do.
One day, yes; the next day, no way ever.
As for your campaign, Pat? Not a chance, not even a dime.
As for you? Like I said, I sometimes waver, but I always feel unappreciated, Pat. Thanks for that.