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IL GOP Chairman to Mike Madigan: 'Are You Kidding Me?'
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady today blasted Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for the Speaker’s revisionist history. Madigan told supporters in Decatur Tuesday that the Democrats have produced a long list of achievements over the past year.
“Are you kidding me?” asked Chairman Brady in response to Madigan’s version of events. “Mike Madigan has co-chaired our $13 billion dollar deficit along with Pat Quinn, presided over the second-worst credit rating in the country and continues to pass legislation that benefits himself or his family members.”
Madigan boasted of pension reforms and a new capital construction plan, among other things. “It’s the first capital bill he’s been able to muster in nine years,” Chairman Brady observed. “And, everyone knows the pension reforms are far from adequate.”
Chairman Brady also criticized Madigan for passing ethics reform legislation that ended up increasing Madigan’s power by lifting restrictions on legislative leaders for donations they make to fellow legislators. “He can spin a great story, but the voters can tell the difference between Madigan’s myth and the stark reality of Illinois’ dismal situation.”
Chairman Brady argued the only way to truly fix the state’s budget and economic woes is to break the Democratic stranglehold on Springfield. “They’ve been in power long enough,” Chairman Brady argued. “It’s long past time for a change.”
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