IL-Governor: Harold Washington Haunts the Democratic Primary

Yes, yes, we know that the dead have a reputation for involving themselves in Illinois elections. The tradition, though, is for them to show up ...
by | January 21, 2010
 

Yes, yes, we know that the dead have a reputation for involving themselves in Illinois elections. The tradition, though, is for them to show up in the voter rolls, not the campaign ads.

As Comptroller Dan Hynes challenges Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary next month, he's using the words of Harold Washington, Chicago's legendary mayor who died an untimely death more than 22 years ago, against the governor.

(Hat tip: Capitol Fax Blog)

It's a striking ad, if one that teeters in the direction of poor taste. Quinn's campaign also notes that Hynes' father was a political foe of Washington.

The back-and-forth over this ad is just the latest sign that the Hynes-Quinn race has gotten nasty. Since I get annoyed when political enemies pretend to be friends, the race between Quinn and Hynes has been refreshingly unpleasant.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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