Some Comments on parts.
The Death Penalty
Edgar's other main issue in the 1994 campaign was the death penalty. His ads relentlessly attacked Democratic candidate Dawn Clark Netsch on the issue. As Governor, Edgar refused to commute the death sentences for innocent men who have now been cleared by DNA evidence. Even George Ryan understood the flaws in the system and enacted the moratorium (which Blagojevich has continued), putting Edgar on the wrong side of history. Well, what's a few innocent men in jail?
Yeah because it's Edgar's fault he didn't commute death sentences based off of evidence that he didn't have at the time he was in office.
Also if the system is truly flawed shouldn't Governor Blagojevich worked to end the death penalty? He hasn't let anyone get executed, but people are being sentenced to death. Some courage.
Managing State Government
Republicans love to talk about Edgar's ability to manage state government and balance the budget. Given that Edgar turned his back on school children and people who need health care, he must have been a masterful manager, running the state with a minimum number of employees and making every agency operate at peak efficiency, right? Wrong.
Edgar needed 67,000 people to run state government. Blagojevich has done the same job with 57,000 people. Edgar's disaster a month at DCFS still may be the single worst run state agency in history. Blagojevich, on the other hand, has child support collections at record levels and is steadily improving how the state cares for abused and abandoned kids. DCFS rarely grabs headlines anymore and that's good news.
Turned his back on School children? Remember he tried to change the way we funded education in this state. I don't recall your guy stepping up on that.
Ask people who need services from the state how well the state is working?
Ask a teacher who's pension contribution wasn't made about how well state government is working.
If this is the best you guys can come up with. Bring it on, seriously.
We can talk about stuff that your guy has done.
Remember Flu vaccine that we have to pay for but can't import?
Remember treating virtually every dime in the state budget as general revenue? Remember Sweeping funds for medical tests and fire safety?
Remember trying to sell and lease back the Thompson Center and then calling the Attorney General's ethics into question when she said you couldn't do it? Claiming she was listening to her dad instead of doing her job (that will make a great anti-Lisa ad as well, thanks!) How much money did we waste on that?
Remember basically forgetting about the parts of the state south of I-80?
Remember basically underfunding teacher pensions using financial logic that would make a loan shark blush?
How about just a count of the number of times your administration has had to comment on the timing of a political contribution and a state contract for the donor? Oh yeah thats always a just a coincidence, like the health facilities board appointments apointments. Do a google search on 'Blagojevich donation contract' and enjoy reading the 3,370 or so entries.
The Health Facilities board fiasco, how it took less time to fill the 'Video Games are Scary' board than it took to appoint a Gaming board a Health Facilities Board? Which one is more important in this state vs. more important if you want to run for President?
You want to make this a race on issues and records, we can do that.