People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
-The Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
Few things are as annoying as the smug hypocrisy of Illinois progressives when it comes to their boss, Democratic state party Chairman and House Speaker Michael Madigan. If you live where I do in north suburban Chicago, you’re represented by lawmakers that include Jan Schakowsky, Laura Fine and Robyn Gabel.
They won’t miss a chance to virtue signal about sexual harassment, but Madigan sitting on a harassment complaint until it got publicized? Silence. Not a word from any of them.
A good letter to the editor is copied below, written by the local GOP committeeman, about Fine, Gabel and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz.
Gong is a wannabe Madigan stooge, being his chosen candidate for state rep in the area’s 17th District. Gong’s race has become very significant because, for once, Madigan’s endorsement appears to have become a liability. A good article on her primary battle is linked here.
That’s a nice development but it’s not getting replicated, especially not on the issue of harassment. The state is full of sanctimonious progressives cowering in silence about Madigan.
And, in this election, they’re likely to give us the same legislature with the same leadership. As the song goes, “Hello darkness my old friend.”
–Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.
As printed in The Beacon:
With all the attention the #MeToo movement has had, you would think it would be impossible for anyone — and in particular anyone in a serious leadership position — to ignore documented, unequivocal sexual harassment. You would be wrong. Recent news stories report that Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan flatly ignored plain evidence of harassment by a 40+ year-old political operative who worked for Madigan of a young woman in her 20s working to advance the speaker’s cause in the Democrat party. There have been the predictable calls for Madigan’s resignation by Republicans across the state, which just as predictably have been ignored.
Of course, it’s easy to ignore condemnation when it comes only from your opponents. What do Laura Fine (running for State Senate, 9th District), Robyn Gabel, (State Representative, 18th District) and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (the Madigan-supported candidate running for State Representative in the 17th District) have to say these last few days in the midst of the news that their boss turned a blind eye to this harassment? Not. A. Single. Word.
Laura Fine? On Jan. 31, before this news broke, her Facebook page carried the message “#Time’sUp” with a call to action to wear black to demonstrate opposition to sexual harassment. But after the news broke about her boss? SILENCE. She did manage to wish her supporters Happy Valentine’s Day, though.
Robyn Gabel? She also wore black on Jan. 31 in condemnation of harassment. Since the Madigan news? SILENCE. Of course, it was her birthday a few days ago, so maybe she was busy.
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz? She has received $40,000 from Madigan in support of her bid against four other Democrats to secure the nomination to replace Fine in the 17th District. She refused to condemn Madigan, noting that she was in an “uncomfortable position,” while disparaging her Democrat opponents, saying that it was easy for them to criticize the Speaker, since he wasn’t supporting them.
The silent Democrats who are beholden to Madigan for their positions in Illinois government should be ashamed of themselves for their outrageous hypocrisy, wearing black to condemn sexual harassment one day, but refusing to condemn it the next, when Speaker Mike Madigan is the one guilty of knowingly permitting an employee to be harassed.
While I join my fellow Republicans in the call for Madigan to resign, I am equally outraged at his minions, who remain silent. They should know better.
New Trier Township Republican Committeeman