He came fired up, sleeves rolled back and ready to rumble. Vice President Joe Biden would not be out done by the Obama’s lending a hand with Illinois elections, so he hopped on a flight to come to Chitown, gung-ho on rallying the Democratic troops on Tuesday.
Pitching in to do his part, he joined President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle in the Windy City revved up for a campaign push of Illinois gubernatorial candidate and Chicago native Pat Quinn.
After introductions by Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Daley at the Plumbers Hall on the near West Side, the speakers jumped right into it. Bill Hite, general president of the United Association of Plumbers, cracked on Republican candidate Bill Brady first saying, “Bill Brady–he’s the leader of the mushroom people. We all know you grow mushrooms: keep ’em in the dark and feed ’em crap. That’s exactly what he’s doing.”
Those remarks were enough to get the crowd going as the Vice Prez stepped up, took his jacket off to bash the Republican party, including Brady who is seeking election as governor. He got things started by calling Brady anti-union, also calling for all union workers to cast a vote for Gov. Pat Quinn.
Biden spared no mercy when describing the political package Republican Brady wants to deliver to the people. He spoke in an animated tone, fist pumping to emphasize the message. Cuts, cuts, cuts…that is the name of Brady’s tune for Illinois residents. Cuts with the minimum wage, (are you kidding?), 10 percent cuts in every state agency, more school cuts, (there goes another politico messing around with education again), cuts with the fire department (oh my goodness!), cuts that will equate to another 128,000 jobs lost in our state. Is this guy for real?
Biden’s visit couldn’t have been more timely since there is a lot at stake here: in the governor’s race, 22 percent of Illinois voters are still not decided on a candidate. The VP’s deliverance of a Democratic campaign cry in the wee hours before Election Day came on strong. Biden did not overlook the urgency of time; the crowd was feeling the VP as they booed in disapproval of the news Biden was delivering to the union workers.
Quinn’s difficulties since he took over the governor’s office in light of the Rod Blagojevich scandal was blamed on the hot mess Democrats inherited when Obama and company moved into the White House. The financial ruin, deficits, as well as lack of a number of essentials such as jobs have been blamed on the previous administration, the Republicans, led by “GW” Bush.
In a poignant moment, Biden shared his own testimony of troubling times as an 11-year-old youth. Living in Pennsylvania, the family was forced to relocate to Delaware because the senior Biden lost his job.
Quinn, the Lt. Governor of Illinois, inherited his office when Blagojevich stepped down after being indicted on several charges. (Blago awaits a new trial early 2011). The governor would like the opportunity to be elected to a full term on his own merits. Biden lifted his fellow Democrat up pointing out his accomplishments such as a law Quinn passed giving small businesses a $2500 tax credit for every person they hire.
Biden has been on a full campaign swing, making the rounds stumping for 97 candidates before Quinn. All part of the job of the VP during a hotly contested, close, and undecided election year for Illinois.
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