The conventional wisdom is that Governor “Clueless” Quinn will try to re-write the historic Illinois carry bill in a big ceremony in Chicago, complete with lots of families of so-called “victims”. Some of those victims might not have been criminals, in fact.
One commenter at Capitol Fax nailed it:
This is Quinn’s re-election campaign kick-off. It will not be a simple veto. It will be a full blown media event and re-write to do right, probably at the home of a Chicago gun shot victim, with lots of gun control advocates, ministers, cops and moms with kids. Expect the full monty of gun control porn, fear, fear, and more fear with a dash of victim stories and photos of departed loved ones. It’s going to be over the top.
Quinn will a/v it to include every conceivable item from ICHV and the Brady Center wish list. He’ll say this is what Governors can do, this is why you need strong leaders, the buck stops with him, he’s the only one who can protect us, yada, yada, yada.
It’s his big moment in the sun and it doesn’t matter that the veto will be promptly over-ridden. It’s too good for Quinn to pass up and it highlights his only strength. The over-ride just reinforces the message Quinn is going to deliver and makes him seem more relevant.
Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait.
Anyway, here’s the update on AG Madigan. She also feels the same way:
Chicago (Tribune) – …Many lawmakers expect Quinn to use the issue to try to help himself politically, taking advantage of his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill to make it more stringent. On Thursday, Madigan said she agreed that the governor would rewrite the bill. Quinn has not said what he plans to do, other than to indicate he will act in the interest of public safety.
There is also a lot of palace intrigue that suggests Madigan may sit out next year’s race for governor and let former Mayor Richard Daley’s brother have a run at governing Illinois. We mention this as if she’s decided not to run, it may influence her decision-making on whether or not to appeal the Moore case. We’re thinking if she doesn’t run, she’ll be even less likely to appeal. If she loses the case, she also will lose any presidential aspirations she has as national Democrats would never forgive her for costing states their highly restrictive “may issue” carry laws.