Everyone knows House Speaker Michael Madigan is a man of few words.
Last week, he uttered a special one: Messiah.
"There's been no word from the messiah," Madigan answered wryly when I asked whether he would be supporting Democratic Treasurer nominee Alexi Giannoulias in November.
The "messiah" to whom Madigan referred is U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama yanked Giannoulias from obscurity and endorsed his run for state treasurer — despite the fact that Madigan had a different candidate in mind. In TV commercials that catapulted Giannoulias into Illinois living rooms, Obama called the young treasurer candidate "one of the most outstanding young men I could ever hope to meet."
Madigan didn't take too kindly to it, especially when Giannoulias won the nomination.
So far, Madigan is giving Giannoulias the cold shoulder, bolstered by media reports that Giannoulias' family bank extended loans to a mob figure. The mob issue hasn't crushed the Giannoulias campaign, but it jackknifed momentum this spring and surely gave Madigan some smug satisfaction.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Obama, the Messiah and the Mob
Kristen McQueary writing in The Daily Southtown on what can only happen in Illinois. HT Marathon Pundit also at Illinoize.