Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has been propelled on the national scene with a strong, populist stand against Illinois lawmakers for not passing “pension reform” legislation. In a week that did not start well, in which he lost a battle on the “conceal and carry” amendatory veto of House Bill 183. The very next day the week got better for Governor Quinn as he issued a line item veto on House Bill 214, that effectively suspended paychecks for Illinois state legislators. Yesterday, Governor Quinn appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley yesterday with his former roommate on a seven-day trip to the Mideast, Governor Rick Perry.
However, the first question asked was about the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Treyvon Martin killing. Governor Quinn said that he was “heartbroken” at the jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman. Governor Quinn took a shot at Florida’s “stand your ground” law. “I don’t think that’s a good law. We don’t have it in Illinois, and we don’t want it.”
In contrast, Governor Rick Perry called the acquittal the right thing. “I think our justice system is colorblind,” Governor Perry told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “I will suggest that two extraordinarily capable teams laid out the issues and that jury made the right decision from their stand point.”
Governor Pat Quinn said that his former roommate Governor Rick Perry is full of himself. And that Governor Rick Perry loves talking about his favorite subject: Governor Rick Perry. “We both went to Iraq and Afghanistan four years ago. I was his roommate. And for seven days, I heard him talk … [and] I heard him talk about his favorite subject — Rick Perry.”
Governor Quinn also said that Governor Perry reigns over an uneducated and poverty-stricken state, Texas. “We have in Illinois well-educated workers. We’ve been able to attract corporate headquarters from all over the world. We also have a higher minimum wage. We believe that we should fight hard to alleviate poverty.”
Governor Quinn added that “Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country. They also have a situation of industrial accidents that are just unacceptable. So we believe in worker safety laws.”
For his part, Governor Perry says that Governor Quinn presides over an out-of-work state that cannot attract business because of high taxes and unfair regulations. The message that Rick Perry used to recruit businesses to Texas was “Come to the Lone Star State for its low taxes and limited government oversight.”
Governor Perry denied he was poaching jobs or companies, using a sports analogy.
“I will suggest to you the Chicago Bulls come to San Antonio and they’re not poaching jobs — [or] poaching wins. They’re about competing,” Perry said. “Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. You know, Chicago back in the early 2000s was able to lure Boeing to their city for the headquarters. And it made us really take a look at our economic development, our tax structure, our regulatory climate, our legal system.”
Governor Quinn shot back that his state thrives on competition and noted its tough-minded pro sports teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks, the new Stanley Cup champs.
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