Sunday, January 11, 2009

Meet Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

Good evening gents!

Chances are you've heard a fair amount about the recent scandal involving Rod Blagojevich, the embattled Governor of Illinois who was impeached for conspiring to sell, among other things, Barrack Obama's vacated senate seat.  But while at this point it is unsure whether or not Roland Burris or someone else will fill Obama's seat, not much attention is being paid to the future leader of the state of Illinois, Pat Quinn.

The more I hear about him, the less surprised I am that he isn't getting a lot of press.  Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn is about as exciting as doing the laundry.  But this is a good thing for Illinois.  When I hear Quinn speak, he simply sounds like he's not trying to impress anyone.  He's not a sleazy salesman. His demeanor and record as an advocate for citizen and consumer interests support an image of a public servant.

He's a smart guy, too.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Georgetown undergrad and studied law at Northwestern.  Overall he reminds me of a boring version of Barrack Obama.  Obviously both involved in Illinois politics, they're both astute, active in the community, and know what it means to be ethical, but Quinn won't be filling a stadium with 80,000 people anytime soon.

But if all of that doesn't convince you that he's legit, suck on this nugget of knowledge; Blegojevich announced publicly that Pat Quinn was no longer a "part of his administration" back in 2006.  Quinn says he hasn't even spoken with the Governor since 2007.  The fact that Quinn was butting heads with Blagojevich early on bodes well for Quinn.

What it all comes down to is that it's good for the nation that Quinn is in this position.  If he can clean up Illinois and not cause any drama himself, it'll be less of a burden on the entire country.  Less time and energy spent on drama in Illinois translates to a stronger fight for improving the economy.

(WLS-TV, the local ABC station out of Chicago, has a great website with an easy to use interactive video navigator.  They can give you quality, in depth reporting on the scandal.  This source is valuable to anyone who adamantly follows this political topic.)

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