Quinn Loses His Running Mate for 2014

Given the pathetic slate of poten­tial Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates in Wis­con­sin to chal­lenge Walker, I may start observ­ing the upcom­ing guber­na­to­r­ial elec­tion in Illi­nois more.  Frankly, it is going to be one hell of a fight down there.

For starter’s you have the Chicago Machine, you have the Obama Machine, and you have the Quinn Machine (what’s left of it) all fight­ing for con­trol of the Land of Lin­coln — and that’s before you add the Repub­li­cans to the picture.

The main focus at the moment is how long sit­ting Gov. Pat Quinn can hang on.  The guy’s pretty much hated by every­one.  He’s all but bank­rupt the state (in the name of sav­ing pub­lic employee unions) and has the low­est approval rat­ing of any gov­er­nor in the country.

Today, he lost his run­ning mate for 2014.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will not run again with unpop­u­lar incum­bent Gov. Pat Quinn.

I believe I’ve been effec­tive as lieu­tenant gov­er­nor and can be more effec­tive in other office and I look for­ward to that. Thank you,” Sheila Simon said Wednes­day morn­ing. And with that, Simon’s three minute and eight sec­ond news con­fer­ence was over. She’s mov­ing on– but she didn’t say where.

Well, it didn’t come as a sur­prise,” Gov. Quinn said. The split with the gov­er­nor comes as Quinn strug­gles with a poor approval rat­ing and the pos­si­bil­ity of two high-profile pri­mary challenges.

Quinn is also under siege from his biggest ally in his last race: pub­lic employee unions that pick­eted his event Wednes­day. Sources close to the gov­er­nor say he hopes to find an African-American run­ning mate to shore up his increas­ingly shrink­ing base.

I have a job to do on pol­icy. And I think that’s what peo­ple want their gov­er­nor to do. Not pol­i­tics, pol­icy,” Gov. Quinn said.

The Simon sur­prise comes as a new poll — con­ducted by The Paul Simon Pub­lic Pol­icy Insti­tute , a down­state pol­icy group named for Simon’s father — shows: Among Democ­rats, Lisa Madi­gan is the favorite in the race for gov­er­nor with 32-percent sup­port; Quinn gets 23-percent; and for­mer White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley gets 12-percent of pri­mary vot­ers. Twenty-eight per­cent say they’re still undecided.

Come on, be hon­est with your­self.  This is going to be a heck of a lot more excit­ing than wait­ing to see if Peter Barca runs as a sac­ri­fi­cial lamb, right?

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