Following the arrest of State Representative Derrick Smith on federal bribery charges, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady called on Madigan to denounce Smith’s candidacy and cease all political and financial support.
“Another blemish on Illinois today,” said Brady. “And yet business as usual for Mike Madigan & Co. In light of Mr. Smith’s arrest today, he should immediately step down as State Representative and put an end to his campaign. If he does not, the Chicago Board of Elections office should refuse to count any ballots cast him.”
Chairman Brady went on to say the bribery charges against Smith reflect poorly on Democratic leadership and that Madigan must take firm and swift action. Madigan as already contributed over $63,000 to Smith’s campaign, according to the Illinois Board of Elections.
"Let's not lose sight of the fact that Smith has taken 9 times as much money from Speaker Madigan than he is alleged to have received in bribes," said Brady. “I urge Speaker Madigan to immediately end any and all financial contributions to Mr. Smith, and also to join me in asking for his resignation as State Representative and remove his name from the ballot,” said Brady.