BRADY STATEMENT AND FACT SHEET ON "STRAIGHT SHOOTER" PAT QUINN
"I am a straight shooter. I tell people what they need to know."
Governor Pat Quinn is criticizing Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady for opposing Quinn's ongoing series of tax hike proposals, while declaring himself a "straight shooter."
Today, Bill Brady released the following statement in response:
"The reason today's Chicago Tribune dubbed Pat Quinn "Governor Cowardly Lion' is not because he's a "straight shooter,' but because he can't shoot straight."
"After doling out secret pay hikes, overseeing a secret early prisoner release program, and backing off his own ethics reform proposals, Pat Quinn has repeatedly failed to meet his commitment and shoot straight with the people of Illinois."
"The only real commitment Pat Quinn intends to see through is a massive tax hike on families and businesses in the middle of one of the worst recessions in Illinois history."
FACT SHEET ON QUINN'S "STRAIGHT SHOOTER' CLAIM
Since taking office in 2009, Pat Quinn:
1. Gave secret, giant pay raises to close staff while threatening to cut services.
2. Supported "at least four ideas for raising the income tax since taking office in 2009."
3. Released thousands of prisoners back on our streets in a secret, early release program.
4. Killed ethics reform recommendations from his own reform commission -- leading one newspaper to call it the day he "sold out."
5. Quietly signed a gambling bill allowing known wrongdoers into gambling, against the Gaming Commission's pleas.
6. Boldly announced, then quietly scrapped, an ill-conceived state furlough plan without rescinding his pay hikes.
These are just some of the reasons why a Chicago Tribune column today called
Pat Quinn "Governor Cowardly Lion," saying:
"Quinn's gone on to make such a habit of not following through on his own fearless pronouncements that it's impossible to consider it a virtue.
He's waffled or slunk away when he met opposition on ethics reform legislation, income tax hikes, pension reform and union contracts. After the Chicago Tribune broke the admissions scandal at the University of Illinois, Quinn demanded the resignation of all nine trustees, and warned the two holdouts that if they didn't comply, he would "act and act with dispatch" to remove them.
They didn't. And of course he didn't."