By Ulysses Arn -
Last Friday Democrat during a debate Friday on 1430 WCMY, state Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley said that one day he'd like to be Speaker of the Illinois House. Mautino is deputy majority leader and co-chair of the Legislative investigative committee investigating Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled Neighborhood Recovery initiative.
"Someday I would like to be speaker of the House. As I learn more, I will work toward that goal," Mautino said when asked if he would vote for Speaker Madigan again in 2015.
There is no doubt that Speaker of the House and chairman of the Illinois Democrat Party Michael Madigan will be re-elected in November and re-nominated to be House Speaker, but Madigan has been in office for over 40 years and most assume he wants his daughter Attorney General Lisa Madigan to be Governor someday.
Mautino praised himself during the debate for helping to craft the last four state budgets. Budgets for a state that has a $100 billion pension debt, billions of dollars in unpaid and late bills, underfunds state aid to local schools, a massive amount of fraud in the Medicaid program, and a series of credit rating downgrades that has the state of Illinois credit rating hovering near junk status. If it wasn't for California, Illinois would have the worst fiscal situation of any state in the nation.
Mautino has been in office since 1991 and is being opposed in the November election by Republican Jerry Long. The Ottawa Times has more:
Asked if the controversial House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, deserved re-election in his position, Long laughed and said, as a Republican, he would not have any control over that appointment but believes Madigan should lose that job. "I disagree with everything he (Madigan) stands for," said Long.
Mautino said he was confident that Madigan would be re-elected in his Chicago district and retained as House speaker. However, Mautino said, "Someday I would like to be speaker of the House. As I learn more, I will work toward that goal. As it stands now, as Deputy Majority Leader, I am now one of the main voices of downstate Illinois in the House and I have and will always work within the leadership that we get heard."