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Betsy Londrigan Declines to Call for Mike Madigan’s Resignation as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois

September 8th, 2020

Despite growing calls from Democrats calling on Madigan to immediately resign, Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for Madigan through their joint fundraising committee

Taylorville, IL — This past weekend, Betsy Londrigan again declined to call on Speaker Mike Madigan to resign as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI).

“Betsy Londrigan refuses to call on Madigan to resign as Democratic Party chairman because her campaign needs Madigan’s financial support, even though that support comes with Madigan’s corruption baggage. That doesn’t matter to Londrigan though because she’s a corrupt insider who will do anything to win.

“If Londrigan didn’t need Madigan’s support, she would close her joint fundraising committee with him and reject contributions from any of his four political committees, including the Democratic Party of Illinois, but she hasn’t done that. Londrigan’s tolerance for Madigan’s corruption is shameful, but not surprising.” – Aaron DeGroot, Davis campaign spokesperson

So far, seven Democrats in the Illinois House, and other Democrats outside the House, have called on Madigan to resign immediately as Speaker and DPI Chairman, but not Betsy Londrigan.

This past weekend, Londrigan appeared on WCIA’s Capitol Connection and was asked, “Do you think it’s time for Speaker Madigan to resign as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party?”

Londrigan gave a vague non-answer where she refused to say Madigan’s name and called on “any elected official who has found to have been involved in this scheme” to step aside.

At the end of her non-answer, Londrigan lied and said ComEd’s corporate PAC has contributed to Rodney’s campaign. That is not true. Rodney has not received any contributions from ComEd, and ComEd does not make contributions to federal candidates.

Londrigan, on the other hand, has received $9,350 from ComEd lobbyists, according to a WCIA story. “Madigan associates” who have contributed to Londrigan’s campaign and have also represented ComEd at different times in recent years include Tom Cullen, Health Wier Vaught (who served as Madigan’s attorney), Will Cousineau, Michael Alvarez, and Mike McClain.

Despite growing calls from Democrats calling on Madigan to immediately resign, Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for Madigan through their joint fundraising committee. So far this year, the Londrigan has contributed over $34,000 to Madigan through their joint PAC, bringing Londrigan’s total contributions to Madigan to $125,000.

In 2018, Madigan’s Democratic Party of Illinois spent over $293,000 on behalf of Londrigan’s campaign for Congress. Londrigan’s campaign will rely on significant support from Madigan again this year.

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