(Chicago, IL) — March 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn appeared on Chicago WTTW-TV on Monday night and brushed aside the House Deputy Majority Leader Art Turner‘s candidacy to be Quinn’s running mate.
During the interview with Carol Marin and Phil Ponce Quinn breezily overlooked Chicago Mayor Richard Daley‘s recent public backing of Turner. The 30-year veteran House lawmaker scored a second place finish in the February primary behind disgraced winner Scott Lee Cohen who later quit.
The 38-member Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Illinois will select the Lit Guv nominee on March 27 from among the 200-plus candidates and kooks who have applied for the job at the party’s Web site.
House Speaker and Party Chairman Michael Madigan has not revealed his preferred candidate.
Turner’s runner up finish should earn him a place on the ticket. Fair is fair. Quinn should get behind Turner.