Friday, November 21, 2008

Democrats pick Cullerton as new state Senate president

I know this news is going to be published two days after the fact, but my mouth fell open when I saw this. It looks like they're keeping everything in Chicago. Clout St:
State Sen. John Cullerton, a veteran lawmaker from Chicago’s North Side, was chosen tonight by fellow Democrats to become the next president of the Illinois Senate. He will succeed retiring Emil Jones, who had been the staunchest legislative ally of embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Cullerton, whose political roots began as a loyal deputy to frequent Blagojevich nemesis House Speaker Michael Madigan, was chosen unanimously on the second ballot during a closed-door meeting of the Senate Democrats’ caucus at a Springfield hotel. Cullerton defeated Sen. James Clayborne of Belleville after weeks of intensive lobbying.

"It was very contentious for the last few months, but everybody came together and it's really been a great, humbling feeling," Cullerton said.

He offered to be a bridge between his fellow Chicagoans, Madigan and Blagojevich, saying "we are going to try to bring those two guys together."
Well we can only watch and see.

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