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|Congressman Endorses Quinn
|An Illinois congressman is endorsing Gov. Pat Quinn's bid for governor.
U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) is backing Quinn for governor, calling him a strong advocate for consumers. "Everybody knows there [are] two things when you think of Pat Quinn," Gutierrez said. "I mean you think of consumers and you think of veterans. That's a pretty good thing if you have a political stone."
Gutierrez also commended Quinn for his work with immigrants. "It's the kind of commitment and vision that he brings to defending the weakest and most vulnerable among us," Gutierrez said. "It's his pride in the tradition of the immigrant community that he extols their virtues in terms of what it [has] meant for American in the past, what it means for America today and his commitment to furthering their continued growth here in this country."
Quinn accepted the endorsement calling Gutierrez a "fighter for consumers."
When asked by reporters if Gutierrez had considered endorsing State Comptroller Dan Hynes in the Democratic primary for governor, the congressman said he talked with Hynes and heard his agenda, but in the end he decided to back Quinn because of his strong advocacy for veterans and consumers. He added that he also has known Quinn for over a quarter of a century.
"I know Quinn," Gutierrez said. "We have a long relationship. That relationship is valuable. It makes it easy for me to knock on his door. It makes it easy for us to have conversations because we know each other. We know what we value. We know what our priorities are. I like having a relationship with the governor that is based on a history and that history is what's overwhelming to me."
(Illinois Radio Network)
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