What father wouldn’t willingly step aside to clear a path for the daughter he loves?
That’s a question that continues to burn inside political circles about the decision by Attorney General Lisa Madigan not to run for governor as long as her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, continues to keep his death grip on power in Illinois.
She didn’t put it that way. But in a terse announcement, she came pretty darn close.
“I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for governor if that would be the case,” Lisa Madigan said in her statement. “With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor.”
If that first sentence was ever remotely true — that she never planned to run if her dad stuck around — the attorney general never bothered to tell voters, contributors or reporters that until just this week when she formally took her name off the list of contenders. In point of fact, until this week, Ms. Madigan has claimed there was no problem with her dad remaining at the helm.
And the second part of her statement? About “Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office”? More…