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Tammy Duckworth not interested in Quinn-Duckworth Illinois ticket. Duckworth statement

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Tammy Duckworth told Gov. Quinn this morning that she was not interested in being the new Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor nominee. Duckworth, a Veterans Administration official and former Democratic House candidate, had talked to Quinn, who was in Washington this week for the National Governors Conference.

While Quinn would not have the power to appoint Duckworth to the ballot slot vacated by Scott Lee Cohen ‹ that would come from the Democratic State Central Committee ‹ presumably his recommendation of a running mate would have great influence over the committee.

NBC5 broke the news that Duckworth did not want to be in the running, and the Sun-Times confirmed with a close associate of Duckworth that she turned Quinn down because she had ³not completed her mission² working on veterans issues.


STATEMENT FROM TAMMY DUCKWORTH
"While I am honored my name has been mentioned for potential consideration by the Illinois Democratic Central Committee for the Lt. Governor candidate position, I have respectfully requested that my name be removed from consideration. I made a commitment to President Obama and our Nation's Veterans to serve at the Department of Veterans' Affairs and I want to fulfill my promise before returning home. As an Illinoisan, I'm proud to continue to serve in the Illinois Army National Guard and I know that real work lies ahead as the state recovers economically. Governor Quinn has my full support as he continues to fight hard on behalf of working families across the state."

First reported by NBC political reporter Mary Ann Ahern who had the scoop on Tammy Duckworth rejecting Quinn's Lieutenant Governor offer.


First reported by NBC political reporter Mary Ann Ahern who had the scoop on Tammy Duckworth rejecting Quinn's Lieutenant Governor offer.

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Why is Art Turner not being approved for this position, considering he attained the second highest vote total?

Why is Quinn or the Illinois Democratic Party calling all the way to Washington D.C. to inquire if Ms. Tammy Duckworth wants to run for the Lt. Governor candidate position.

Why is Michael Madigan trying to sponsor a law to eliminate the office yet on the other hand make the Illinois Attorney General - who is presently his daughter Lisa Madigan - the next in line to attain this position if something happens to the residing governor?

Why has Congress-person Bobby Rush not spoken up for Art Turner as he did for Roland Burris - and proclaim this is a lynching as well?

Why has Congress-person Danny Davis not spoken up for Art Turner as he did for Dorthy - pay to wear clothes to work - Brown when she was running for Cook County Board President?

Where are the Black clergy who backed Governor Quinn during the recent primary, now that Art Turner needs them.

Where are the Black clergy who foolishly backed State Comptroller Dan Hynes - though he reached back and used an advertisement from Mayor Harold Washington in a negative light - during the recent primary, now that Art Turner needs them.

By the way Mr. Rush, you were standing at the podium with Gov. Quinn when he claimed victory, therefore why have you not posed the question that Arthur Turner should be on the ballot for Lt. Governor come the general election?

Some people in this city and state need to wake up and realize the individuals in presently in office need to be sent a message the same as the Tea-baggers movement are trying to send to Washington.

Surely we can send a message to our state public officials - which would be Illinois!!

If you are a Black Illinoisans or Chicagoan and you voted for these numb-skulls, take a look in the mirror and now you know why your communities are in the condition they are.

Hi Gov Quinn, guess who vote you just lost.

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