Madigan version of he said/she said
The Madigans are at odds over Lisa Madigan's non-race for governor.
This comes under the category of more of a curiosity than a controversy — but what's up with Madigan and Dadigan?
It's not that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, aren't on speaking terms, it's that they can't get their stories straight.
Just a couple of weeks ago, daughter Lisa announced that she was not going to run for governor because her father was not going to abdicate from his position of speaker of the Illinois House. She said it would be unseemly to have a daughter and father simultaneously serving as governor and speaker.
"I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a governor and a speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for governor if that would be the case. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor," Attorney General Madigan said.
Her announcement sent political shock waves through the state, derailing plans of politicians in both the Republican and Democratic parties to run for attorney general if Madigan ran for governor. It also wrapped up a long-running drama of whether she would or would not run and immediately become the front-runner for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination if she did.
Attorney General Madigan made no secret of her interest in running for governor and sought campaign contributions based on that possibility. She collected $1.5 million in the first six months of 2013, and it's difficult not to conclude that many of her contributors thought they were contributing to a race for governor rather than another cakewalk to re-election as attorney general.
But, according to Attorney General Madigan, her campaign came a cropper when dear old dad let her know he wasn't ready to retire from his position as the most powerful politician in Illinois.
Now it turns out that Speaker Madigan has a different version of events. Speaking to reporters last week, he said that "Lisa and I had spoken about that (running for governor), and she knew very well that I did not plan to retire. She knew what my position was. She knew."
Well, if she knew what he says she knew, what was all that talk about how she had decided not to run because it had become evident to her that her father planned to run for re-election in 2014? And if she knew what he says she knew, why was she collecting campaign contributions from supporters based on her supposedly active consideration of making a run for governor?
Attorney General Madigan's campaign had no comment on the apparently conflicting statements of father and daughter about their mutual campaign considerations.
She previously had stated that she did not mislead her campaign donors about her political intentions.
But there clearly are some loose ends about who knew what when and the Madigan gubernatorial campaign that never was.