(Chicago, IL) — February 8, 2010. State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) is putting in his “two cents” and is recommending that Scott Lee Cohen‘s replacement be drawn from among those candidates who ran for Lt. Governor in the Democratic primary.
According to a post on Fritchey’s Facebook page today:
Now that Cohen is resigning the nomination, I think that equity and democracy dictate that the short list of replacements should be those individuals who committed to run in the Lt. Gov. race in the first place, and not somebody who gets on the ticket solely by virtue of zip code or lineage. Just my two cents.
And by extension, now that Dan Hynes has removed himself from consideration, the nomination to be Governor Pat Quinn‘s running-mater should go to Illinois Deputy House Majority Leader Art Turner, the second runner-up in the vote tally.
The Democratic Party of Illinois could follow the Miss America model–if the “Miss America” winner is unable to serve, the runner-up gets the crown. That’s fair.
Anything else that smacks of horse-trading and political calculation will likely sour voters even more than those surly hordes already soured.