Pat Quinn, a Chicago Machine hack, loves to tout his alleged reform credentials to any who will listen, the few who will believe, and the rest who snicker up their sleeves. He is an accomplished liar. The resignation of his Chief of Staff, Jerry Stermer demonstrates Quinn’s talent for prevarication.
Mr. Stermer violated the state’s ethics ordinance, over the use of emails for political purposes on state email accounts. The Executive Inspector General, James Wright, made a finding against him and referred the matter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. On the day Quinn was briefed on the findings, he replaced Wright.
On August 13th, Quinn fired Wright and replaced him with Richard Meza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In politics, as in many walks of life, timing is everything. Yes, Quinn had every right to replace Wright, whose term had expired. But, the replacement on the heels of an ethics cloud over his chief of staff- on the day the governor was briefed- makes Quinn look just like the Machine hack he really is. The timing stinks.
Worse, Quinn and AKPD, the campaign firm, formerly run by David Axelrod, parted ways last week. They were embroiled in this controversy, as the emails were between one of their operatives, Wright, and the state Budget Director. There were other emails regarding campaign questionnaires.
Pat Quin is not open or accountable to the people of Illinois. He is dishonest and disingenuous. Quinn continually proves he is not fit to lead. Aside from his incompetence and irresponsibility, he is just another corrupt Chicago Democrat. He talks about reform. He talks about ethics. Actions speak louder than words. Quinn acts like a Machine hack.
Instead of firing his Chief of Staff, he shot the messenger, Wright. Then, he allowed the Chief of Staff to resign with dignity, through a very carefully crafted announcement, intended to make them both look upright and ethical. It should have been the other way around.
Quinn just cannot do anything right. He cannot even figure out the right way to cover up mistakes. If his predecessor turned the governor’s office into a cess pool of corruption, Quinn went one step further. He has turned it into a circus act; clowns running Illinois.
It is finally time to restore dignity and honor to the governor’s office. It is time for Quinn to go.