As has been reported previously, the Democratic Party victor over Republican incumbent Allen Skillicorn, Suzanne Ness, took oodles of money from outside of her McHenry-Kane County district.
Of the $2.7 million spent (another person’s calculation), PACs controlled or influenced (think labor unions other State Representatives) by House Speaker Mike Madigan provided most of it.
Now, she has the most important vote of the next session coming up on organization day.
Will she or will she not vote for Michael J. Madigan for House Speaker?
When asked, she was not ready to make a comment.
Capitol Fax looked into the matter and printed this:
Democratic Representative-Elect Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, may have breezed past GOP Rep. Allen Skillicorn by almost 2,300 votes last month, but her district leans Republican. A remap may not help her all that much (particularly if it’s a “Fair Map” and therefore not drawn with partisan intent) and 2022 will be the midterm election of a Democratic president. Ness ran as a reformer and raised over a million dollars from Madigan’s network. Skillicorn, for whatever weird reasons, barely campaigned and spent almost nothing.
Ness likely won’t get a pass in two years. That January vote on Madigan, therefore, looms large.
A recent House Republican poll showed that 76% of Ness’ district has an unfavorable view of Madigan, with 65% having a “very unfavorable” opinion.
Only 12% had a favorable view.
The poll, of 716 respondents, was conducted on Dec. 16 by Ogden & Fry.