By Ulysses Arn -
Current Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley are getting some competition for the Democrat Party's nomination for Governor. The former director of CeaseFire in Illinois, Tio Hardiman on Friday announced to the Chicago Sun-Times his intention to join the Governors race.
“I plan to run a very positive campaign,” Hardiman told the Chicago Sun-Times Friday morning. "This is not a decision I made overnight. I always wanted to run. I was too busy trying to run CeaseFire.”
Hardiman, 50, is promising more details in a press conference Saturday, but his 11-point plan includes: Building a casino in the city, ending the state’s pension crisis, and converting “some of the penitentiaries into institutions of higher learner and rehabilitation centers for non-violent offenders.”
Hardiman said he plans to draw on the support of the “thousands of people” who “stayed in my corner” during his troubles. He says he wants to become the first African-American governor of Illinois. He says he’s seeking a female running mate.
It should be noted that Hardiman plead guilty in 1999 to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery. Hardiman failed to disclose that when he applied for a job with the University of Illinois Chicago. Earlier this year Hardiman was arrested for having punched and kicked his current wife. She had those charges dropped earlier this summer. That arrest prompted CeaseFire to not renew Hardiman's contract when it expired in June.
With a record of abusing women and lying Tio is going to make a perfect fit for the Democrat Party.