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Schakowsky 'stunned and appalled' by Trotter's Nazi remarks

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SK-JAN-020410-P1_36337225.JPGU.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), pictured in this 2010 file photo, denounced state Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) for his "unjustified and completely" unacceptable linkage of Gov. Pat Quinn and Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos to Nazis. (Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media)

SPRINGFIELD-The fallout from state Sen. Donne Trotter's statements connecting Nazis with Gov. Pat Quinn and his Jewish cabinet secretary, Julie Hamos, deepened Wednesday with a denunciation of the South Side lawmaker from U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

"I am absolutely stunned and appalled by the recent statement by Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter that likens Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services [Director] Julie Hamos to Nazis. That unjustified and completely unacceptable type of name-calling has absolutely no place in political debate or in civil discourse," Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said in a prepared statement.

"It's insulting not just to two individuals who are dedicated to serving our state, but to all those who fought and lost loved ones because of World War II and the Holocaust," she continued. "I urge the Illinois legislature to focus its efforts on expanding health care coverage to 340,000 Illinoisans by passing Medicaid expansion this month. That is the job at hand."

Trotter apologized Tuesday for remarks he made justifying a
letter he co-signed and sent to Quinn last week on behalf of the African-American and Latino Senate caucuses pressing the governor to replace Hamos as DHFS director.

"Hitler supported Goebbels too and his propaganda he was pushing forth during his crusade. So if this is the person, this is the face you want to represent your administration, then we need to get rid of both of them," Trotter told WUIS-FM, a public-radio station in Springfield.

Hamos is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and had three grandparents die during the Holocaust.

In backtracking Tuesday, Trotter said his Nazi comments were "inappropriate and wrong."

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