Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady condemns reports of Governor’s choice to head the Department of Agriculture, labeling it another “Quinn Pro Quo”

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Brady said 6 of 12 lame duck House Democrats who voted for tax hike now on public payroll

 

CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady condemned reports that Governor Pat Quinn was going to name former State Representative Bob Flider (D – Mount Zion) as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

“This is just another ‘Quinn Pro Quo,’” said Brady. “Governor Quinn and his Democratic pals thought they could wait a year for no one to remember Bob Flider’s lame duck, late night flip-flop on Pat Quinn’s 66% tax hike but our state’s economy is still suffering the consequences of Flip Flop Flider’s ‘Quinncidence.’”

“Agriculture is one of our state’s most important industries. It’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,” said Brady. “What key agriculture issues will Flider flip-flop on for political expediency?”

During his unsuccessful 2010 re-election campaign, Flider told the news media and even issued a press release stating his opposition to Quinn’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 Flider’s appointment, six of the twelve lame duck Democratic House members who voted for Quinn’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.

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