Democrats must stand up to Madigan for there to be change in Illinois, Bailey says
Darren Bailey wonders when Democrats will truly reach the point of having had enough of House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
“I liken it to the American Revolution,” Bailey told the SE Illinois News. “Those people were willing to put their lives on the line for the change they felt was needed. We are at a dead end with Madigan, and getting him out of power is going to take Democrats being bold like that and finally standing up to him. People in leadership have to realize much of what he is doing is not sustainable.”
For Bailey, the latest outrage comes from news allies of the powerful House speaker sought to retaliate against Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) for raising questions about his handling of sexual harassment allegations made against an aide.
The Chicago Tribune has reported Cassidy claims she was forced to resign from her part-time job in Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office after she publicly questioned Madigan’s handling of sexual harassment claims in his political and government organizations.
While Madigan recently denied ever taking any such actions against Cassidy in a letter he wrote to her and is now calling for a watchdog group to oversee an ongoing investigation, Bailey said there can be no denying all the destruction to the state that’s come about on his watch.
“I’ve heard many people suggest that the state was in decent shape before Madigan,” said Bailey, a Xenia Republican running against Democrat Cynthia Given of Olney in the 109th House District. “That says everything it needs to say about his dreaded impact. During his tenure, voters have become complacent, entitlement programs have run rampant. I can’t think of any other reason why he keeps getting elected.”
Bailey added Illinois’ growing out-migration problem stems from Madigan’s crippling policies.
“Citizens can’t survive under him, and the out-migration is the proof,” he said. “Current legislators allowed this now to happen and now no one wants to take responsibility.”