Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady condemns reports of Governorâ€™s choice to head the Department of Agriculture, labeling it another â€œQuinn Pro Quoâ€
Brady said 6 of 12 lame duck House Democrats who voted for tax hike now on public payroll
CHICAGO, IL Â â€“ Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady condemned reports that Governor Pat Quinn was going to name former State Representative Bob Flider (D â€“ Mount Zion) as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
â€œThis is just another â€˜Quinn Pro Quo,â€™â€ said Brady. â€œGovernor Quinn and his Democratic pals thought they could wait a year for no one to remember Bob Fliderâ€™s lame duck, late night flip-flop on Pat Quinnâ€™s 66% tax hike but our stateâ€™s economy is still suffering the consequences of Flip Flop Fliderâ€™s â€˜Quinncidence.â€™â€
â€œAgriculture is one of our stateâ€™s most important industries. Itâ€™s an insult to every Illinois farmer who has to pay taxes that the Governor would appoint an Agriculture Director who would oppose a proposed tax hike when he was running for re-election but then cast the deciding vote for an even larger tax hike just a few months later,â€ said Brady. â€œWhat key agriculture issues will Flider flip-flop on for political expediency?â€
During his unsuccessful 2010 re-election campaign, Flider told the news media and even issued a press release stating his opposition to Quinnâ€™s proposed income tax hike. However, Flider voted in favor of an even larger income tax hike in his final day in office. The 66% income tax hike passed in the Illinois House of Representatives by one vote, with every Republican member opposing it.
Counting Fliderâ€™s appointment, six of the twelve lame duck Democratic House members who voted for Quinnâ€™s tax hike have received public payroll jobs, including former State Rep. Careen Gordon, who like Flider, flip-flopped on the tax hike issue following her defeat for re-election in 2010.