CHICAGO - "Our events and hotel at the RNC in Tampa were way more accessible to the news media than the Illinois Democrats (chaired by Mike Madigan) at the DNC in Charlotte are," IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady posted on his Facebook page early Monday morning. "It’s sad but not at all surprising that Mike Madigan and his corrupt cronies brought their Chicago tradition of secret backroom meetings all the way to Charlotte, NC."
Then, the IL GOP issued a press release:
Sunday night, a flurry of reporter tweets alerted the public that Illinois Democrats were banning media coverage of their events in Charlotte:
Mary Ann Ahern @MaryAnnAhernNBC :
First impressions: #ILGOP more accessible than #ILDEMS We just got kicked out of Omni Hotel interviewing Rev Jackson #DNC #Demsdontlikeus
We made it to Charlotte, but Spkr Madigan says no media allowed at party #DNC #Madiganpartypooper http://yfrog.com/h4n5vsmj
Charles Thomas @CharlesThomas7:
Now IL Dems ban reporters from delegate reception. @ilgop is party of transparency? #Madigan #DNC2012 pic.twitter.com/oSjKUEX5
Interviewed @GovernorQuinn on street 'cause IL Dem hotel bans
newsies. #Madigan #DNC2012 pic.twitter.com/04rC2fo8
TV news media banned from IL delegation hotel. Can't be serious. #DNC2012 #Madigan pic.twitter.com/qbomVei1
Carol Marin @CarolMarin
Madigan's party closed to press. Can you imagine?
“It’s sad but not at all surprising that Mike Madigan and his corrupt cronies brought their Chicago tradition of secret backroom meetings all the way to Charlotte,” Chairman Pat Brady said. “Voters face a clear choice in the coming election. Republicans want to make sure as many people as possible hear our ideas to lower taxes, cut spending and put our economy back on track. Democrats want to kick out the media, lock the door and make sure voters can’t hear their plans to raise taxes, increase spending and keep our country moving in the wrong direction.”
Here are today’s key questions for Illinois Democrats – in case anyone spots one sneaking out of Mike
Madigan’s secret, closed-press meetings - (and from IR's perspective, it's pretty sad that Chicago media professionals have to get question suggestions from the ILGOP, but since they've proven to be unable or unwilling to come up with these questions and ask them on their own, we applaud the IL GOP's efforts to help the Chicago media with these ideas):
1) Why are you banning Illinois reporters from access to your events at the DNC?
2) What are you hiding from Illinois voters that you can’t allow reporters into your events?
3) Are you afraid of your candidates being quoted speaking about unpopular far-left economic policies like higher taxes, increased spending and exploding debt?
4) Are you afraid of voters learning about your sponsors and SEIU union bosses that may be in
5) Why do you think the Illinois Republican Party is more transparent than you are?
Nice try, IL GOP, but don't hold your breath. The only way the Chicago media will ever get answers to those questions is if they wake up and realize that Mike Madigan really doesn't love them like they think he does, but he's just using them to accomplish his dirty deeds, gain more power, retain what he's got, and laugh his way at them and the gullible and willing taxpayers that fund his power structure.
Throw in Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel, and the way they snub the media and the point is made. It's a fact. The used Chicago (and Springfield) media insiders are all a part of Illinois' problem - and now the nation and the world's - because they politically-enabled and delivered the most radical Leftist to ever occupy the White House - Barack Obama.