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|Congressmen Defend Quinn Ad
|Four Illinois congressmen are defending Gov. Pat Quinn against a Dan Hynes ad that isn't being shown Downstate.
Quinn and Hynes, the state comptroller, are opposing each other in the Democratic primary for governor.
The ad shows former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington speaking ill of Quinn when he fired him as director of the city's Department of Revenue.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) says Washington fired Quinn not over incompetence, but because Quinn was ruffling too many feathers trying to clean up the office.
Gutierrez says the ad's message is actually this: That African-American voters, a substantial portion of the Democratic primary electorate, should not trust Quinn, who was fired by Washington, who is revered 23 years after his death by many African-Americans. Gutierrez says the actual history is exactly the opposite.
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago) says Washington was given to hyperbole, and that Washington at one time or another denounced, yelled at or criticized his closes friends and allies.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) says Quinn and Washington were allies, while Hynes was never a supporter of nor supported by the late mayor; he was 19 when Washington died. Hynes, as an 18-year-old, supported his father, Tom Hynes, in an independent run against Washington for mayor of Chicago in 1987.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) says if Washington were alive today, he would endorse Quinn in the Democratic primary for governor.
The ad is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zns-K8XrOAk.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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