The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass has an insightful column today entitled,
Kneel before the Khan of Illinois, or suffer pain
The “someone” is former Federal Prosecutor, now State Representative, Scott Drury. He represents Highwood, a solidly Democrat town.
His name often appeared with that of former State Rep. Jack Franks.
When Madigan couldn’t produce a super-majority, it was Drury who stepped forth first, even though Franks took the credit.
After Drury said he wouldn’t be the 71st vote, it made no difference to Madigan that Franks would not be a 70th vote.
Scott Drury is being deprived of a committee chairmanship Madigan traditionally bestows upon third term Democrats, his ethics legislative agenda is dead and, he won’t get a commemorative crystal clock noting that Mike Madigan has been elected Speaker 30 times. (No mention on the clock that Jack Franks helped put him in that position 9 times.)
Drury represented the majority of Illinois is his refusal to vote for Madigan for Speaker.
Although Franks is not in the Illinois House anymore, Kass describes him and others who bowed down to Madigan like this:
Every two years, Illinois Democrats seeking editorial endorsements or publicity for their state representative campaigns do a pathetic little dance.
It’s a dance put on for the chumbolones of Illinois, people like you and me who are still here, paying taxes, in this economic wasteland of a state.
When they’re seeking voter support, House Democrats say they’re independent.
By this they mean independent of Boss Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House, first of his name and Khan of Madiganistan, the cartographer of all the political maps, maker of judges from the state Supreme Court on down, lord of tax assessors and keeper of a whopping personal fortune from his lucrative tax reduction legal practice.
Listening to them talk of independence, you almost feel that they have integrity and they don’t think they should be expected to act like yappy little circus dogs doing tricks for treats.
Yet when the time comes to install the speaker, they flop to their knees, touch their foreheads to the floor, support him for speaker and let the state slide deeper into the muck.