The “luckiest” politician in the world
Hillary Clinton called Illinois Governor Pat Quinn the “luckiest politician” in the world when Bill Daley dropped out of the Democrat Primary race for Governor.
Lucky is an interesting choice of words. Yes, Daley’s departure from the race means Quinn will be able to avoid an intense primary battle and save his campaign war chest for the General Election. And yes, this is indeed good news for Pat Quinn as it makes his path to re-election that much easier.
But what makes Pat Quinn lucky is simple. Quinn is lucky because a governor with his track record normally does not have a free pass in the primary. Quinn is a skillful campaigner but his job as Illinois’ chief executive has been less than stellar. A strong challenge in the primary could have been a disaster for Quinn.
Illinois has the worst credit rating of all 50 states. Illinois has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. Illinois is also ranked as the third-worst state for business.
With billions in unpaid bills and a still yet unresolved pension crisis, Illinois is in serious trouble and Pat Quinn’s lack of leadership is only serving to make the problem worse. Pat Quinn is lucky in that his pathway to keeping his job just got easier. This is more than anyone can say about the thousands of Illinois residents who are struggling to find a job thanks to Quinn’s policies that continue to drive job creators out of the Land of Lincoln.