In a crowded field, Pat Quinn, Democrat Governor of Illinois, can now officially be proclaimed the worst governor in the United States.
He has been vying for the title ever since he took over from impeached and removed Governor Blagojevich, currently bound for a long stay in federal prison. Since taking over from his felon predecessor, he has the following accomplishments to his discredit:
In a midnight session of the lame duck legislature in January of this year he increased, in the midst of the worst economic slump since World War II, Illinois personal income taxes by 67-75%, and, as a result, the misgoverned state of Illinois became a national laughingstock.
Quinn got elected last year by a razor thin margin largely by under the radar last minute internet ads posted by Personal PAC, a pro-abort lobbying group, headed by a Terry Cosgrove. As payback Quinn appointed Cosgrove to a $46,000 a year job on the Human Rights Commission. Lake County Right to Life has good coverage on this story which may be read here. Regular Guy Paul has been on top of the story at his blog here.
Now I happen to know Cosgrove from the days back in the Seventies when we were both attending the U of I. He is a lapsed Catholic, now a militant atheist, homosexual activist and fanatical pro-abort. He was head of the local campus pro-aborts and I was one of the founders of L.I.F.E. (Life Is For Everyone), the campus pro-life group. One time I saw Cosgrove at Mass circa 1980 at the Newman Chapel, at Saint John’s. Puzzled why he was there, after Mass I found out why. At the pamphlet rack in the back I saw that he had stuffed pro-abort obscene anti-Catholic pamphlets. I disposed of them. He also said in one memorable public forum that he carried a gun to defend himself against “militant anti-choicers”, as he phrased pro-lifers. Quinn appointed him to the Illinois Human Rights Commission in April of this year. That a bigot like Cosgrove now has a seat on the Human Rights Commission in Illinois has a nice Orwellian touch.
Now Quinn has outdone himself and seized the title of worst governor. As further payback to Cosgrove and his pro-abort pressure group, Quinn is going to attend the annual fund raising dinner for Personal Pac and present an award. When challenged on this by every Catholic bishop in the State, and Cardinal George, the ostensibly Catholic Quinn responded that giving the award was the “Christian thing to do.” (Quinn obviously must have a unique gloss on the statement of Christ, “Suffer the little children…”.)
Go here to read the statement of Cardinal George and the bishops. Did they excommunicate Quinn? Nope. Will this statement bother or inconvenience Quinn in the slightest? Nope. Canon Lawyer Edward Peters, at his always worth reading blog In The Light Of The Law, discusses this and is far more charitable than I am inclined to be. Go here to read his comments.
Seriously, just what would it take for our bishops to excommunicate a pro-abort pol who clearly does not give a flying fig about the Faith? Would he have to perform an abortion with his own hands on television? One reason why CINO politicians do these type of things is because they know that there will be no effective action taken against them by the powers that be in the Catholic Church in America. I am starting a count down now before Quinn is asked to speak at some Catholic college in Illinois, even perhaps receive an award. I doubt if I will have to count long.
At any rate, I hereby proclaim Patrick Quinn, Governor of the Land of Lincoln, recipient of the title of worst governor of the country. I know some of our commenters will probably accuse me of Illinois chauvinism, but Quinn has earned this title by his deeds, and I will defend his right to it!