Are Democratic Party leaders parting with Quinn?

May 16, 2014 

Since the early 1970s, Gov. Pat Quinn had been on the outside of Illinois politics looking in -- trumpeting himself and his causes as being a friend of us common men. For the most part, I believe that to be true.

Quinn had been a thorn in the side of the leadership of his own party until a strange turn of events opened the doors to the governor's mansion.

He has certainly restored dignity to the office and undoubtedly will be able to walk away from the job a free man -- unlike his immediate predecessors. Yet strange things are happening.

While the leadership of his party is clearly on record supporting his re-election, it was noted in the Chicago Tribune that President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin will be at a fundraiser in the home of a man who is a contributor and overt supporter of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Even the vile mayor of Chicago seems to have a warm spot in his cold heart for Rauner.

This is feeling a little like the 1976 epic Howlett versus Thompson.

Could it be in Quinn's hour of need all those years of being a thorn in the establishment's side may be coming back to haunt him?

Chris Beykirch

Aurora

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service