Governor Pat Quinn’s Leaking Raft Withstood Tsunami Bill Brady
Governor Pat Quinn won his first election for Governor by dint of his personal honesty and respect for genuine labor. Governor Pat Quinn respects labor so much that too often he allows public sector monster unions, like SEIU and the assortment of teachers unions which operate more like Political Action Committees than real labor unions, to lead him around by the lapels. SEIU has purple painted veneer of trendy leftist social agenda’s sparkling up its public presentation –LGBTQ issues; Alien Amnesty; Anti-War; Pro Hamas; Abortion Rights & etc.
These agendas appeal to Pat Quinn’s sense of social justice, which I believe to be contrary to best interests of Illinois tax-paying voters. These agendas dove-tail with Tax Happy Budget Balloon Salesmen like Ralph Martire, who works for every tax-funded agenda and entitlement in Illinois – Planned Parenthood, Public Salaried Unions, Green Futures, Education boondoggles & Free Public Transportation. Every IVI_IPO rating is hooked to these agendas.
Pat Quinn narrowly beat anti-labor Bill Brady with the powerful aid of Chicago’s black community and local Ward and Township organizations with ties to skilled trades unions. Worth Township is a great example. Worth Township covers about 32 square miles and includes the southwestern suburbs and parts of Chicago’s Beverly, Morgan Park and all of Mount Greenwood neighborhoods – every household within the 60655 Zip Code. There are about 68,000 people of whom 83.8% are white ethnic, 7.8% Mexican or Hispanic and 5.1% black. Worth Township sits within the 3rd US Congressional District and is largely blue collar, Catholic and anti-every agenda listed in the above two paragraphs. People in the 3rd District do not lovingly embrace the idea of a marriage between Stan and Caspar, or taking fourteen year old daughter Mary Margaret to an abortionist, or helping the people, who cheered the attack of 9/11 in the streets if Gaza, commit genocide on Israel.
This is not a Progressive hot-bed of voters, but it is a community of Democratic voters who remember Truman and Kennedy and held their noses and voted for John Kerry. Pat Quinn won because Worth Township’s Committeeman and Illinois State Representative (D 36th) who took no salary while holding Kevin Joyce’s seat for Billy Cunningham, John O’Sullivan reached out to the sinking Governor Pat Quinn last January with a fund and friend raiser at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Illinois, on to the successful February 2nd frostbite Primary and all the way through a very tough spring and summer when Brady led Quinn in the polls up to and including election day. Polls ain’t votes.
While running for Worth Township Committeeman John O’Sullivan also bucked the Democratic County leadership and backed Kelly Burke for State Representative in the 35th District with sweat and sweaty friends knocking on doors and making phone calls. . Kelly Burke, a sharp young lawyer and Evergreen Park home-maker, decided to run for retiring James Brosnahan’s seat. The Democratic Cook County Committee was dead set against Kelly Burke. Johnny O’Sullivan, a life long member of the Laborers Union and an Oak Lawn husband, Dad and homeowner, backed Kelly Burke and also reached out to Governor Pat Quinn.
Johnny organized more events at Bourbon Street and packed the former Handy Andy warehouse with teachers, carpenters, stationary engineers, pipe fitters, electricians, Teamsters and hoisters from the surrounding neighborhoods. On a cold wet Saturday before the election, Johnny O’Sullivan got hundreds of these same tax-paying homeowners and union members to come out for a get-out-the-vote rally in Mount Greenwood on 111th Street. Governor Pat Quinn charged up the wet crowd and they put out for the Governor.
Governor Pat Quinn had been out on a tiny raft in the middle of a very un-pacific sea of Blago/Rezko/Thompson for Gitmo/SEIU Bully Ragging and Johnny O’Sullivan swam out to that raft helped kick and paddle Pat Quinn to the golden shore.
Here are the Worth Township numbers for Quinn over Brady –
Bill Brady & Jason Plummer (REP) 43.13% 18,295
Pat Quinn & Sheila Simon (DEM) 48.01% 20,368
Rich Whitney & Don W. Crawford (GRN) 2.99% 1,269
Lex Green & Ed Rutledge (LIB) 0.97% 413
Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter B. Swilley (IND) 4.9% 2,078
Quinn took Brady in Worth Township by a little over 4 percentage points.
Worth Township was only one such blue collar Quinnland, but it was a significant one. Worth Township went for Quinn and in the 19th Ward of Chicago (half of which is in Worth Township)more than two to one votes went for Pat Quinn. Not only that, voter turnout was significant. There are about 68,000 people living within Worth Township and 42,423 came out to vote.
John O’Sullivan recognized that Pat Quinn respects genuine labor and that Bill Brady is and was openly hostile to unions. Bill Brady, it seems to me counted on some sort of an anti-labor “I hate Chicago” Downstate Tsunami to sweep him over Pat’s leaky raft.
Bill Brady never courted Chicago votes – wrote them off. He lumped all labor into the purple wrapping of SEIU, AFSCME, and the teachers unions – bad idea.
A Township committeeman kicked hard and voters turned out for Governor Pat Quinn.
Pat Hickey is a regular correspondent for the Chicago Daily Observer