SPRINGFIELD - Republican candidate for Illinois' attorney general Paul Schimpf announced State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) as his campaign's honorary chairwoman.
During the press conference held in the State Capitol's newsroom, Schimpf listed for reporters reasons why he would make a better attorney general than the current AG Lisa Madigan, who is seeking her fourth term in November.
"People's perception of fact and reality are completely controlled by their emotions and their subconscious biases. And how that's relevant today is that if you have somebody that is a political insider, they just don't have the requisite independent perspective to actually do something about corruption," Schimpf said.
"If you've spent the last 15 years in Springfield making deals and owing favors, you're not going to have the independent perspective to assess and fight corruption. Likewise, if you spent your entire adult life promoting one political party, you're not going to be inclined to do anything that is going to make that party look bad."
"And lastly, if your father is the most powerful politician in the state of Illinois, you just don't have the independent perspective. You're going to be inclined to give him and his political allies the benefit of the doubt," Schimpf said.
"It's not because you're a good or bad person ... Lisa Madigan is a good person, she deserves our respect and admiration for being a public servant. But Lisa Madigan does not have the independent perspective to fight corruption because she's a human being. Simply put, Lisa Madigan cannot be a loving and loyal daughter to Mike Madigan and be the independent attorney general that the state of Illinois desperately needs."
Tracy, who is a former state's attorney and candidate for lieutenant governor with Kirk Dillard, re-emphasized Schimpf's qualifications for attorney general as a prosecutor in the Marines, and the lead counsel for the Iraqi attorneys that prosecuted Saddam Hussein.
"I am honored to be asked to help this campaign, and will do whatever I can to assist," Tracy said.
State lawmakers from the Republican side of the aisle stood alongside Schimpf at his announcement - State Reps. David Luechtefeld, Charlie Meier, Mike Bost, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Minority Leader Chris Radogno, Senators Jim Oberweis and Kyle McCarter.