(Chicago, IL) February 8, 2010. Comptroller Dan Hynes has extended an olive branch–and a chance for victory in November–to Governor Pat Quinn.
Hynes has signaled that he is willing to consider the Lt. Governor’s post if it is offered, according to Dave McKinney at the Chicago Sun-Times:
A source in the Hynes camp told the Sun-Times the comptroller isn’t pursuing the opening but would consider it if asked.
“He’ll do whatever he can to help the Democratic Party this fall,” the source said.
With magnanimous gestures so rare in political life, Quinn would benefit politically more by offering Hynes the second spot on the ticket than from the actual political weight Hynes himself brings.
If Hynes declines, then the Deputy House Majority Art Turner should get the nomination. He came in second to Scott Lee Cohen. Turner earned it. Seems fair–not that fair has much to do with anything.
Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) will soon chat about rounding out Quinn’s team.
UPDATE: 11:47 a.m.
Well, that lasted about 11 minutes.
Quinn talked to Hynes today, and Hynes reports he has no interest in the Lite Guv job.
Stick a plastic fork in that option.
Back to Turner.