Quigley, The Anti-Geoghegan?
by Todd Beeton, Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 03:10:10 PM EST
Yesterday, the Democratic primary for IL-05 ended with the victory of Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley. Because the district has a partisan voting index of D+18, the primary was the election; Quigley will replace Rahm Emanuel in the House.
As I wrote last night, the consensus seems to be that Quigley was probably the second most progressive candidate after Tom Geoghegan, so on the face, this should be seen as a victory for the district and for our majority in Congress. Certainly he's likely to be far less cautious than Rahm Emanuel was as a legislator but standing next to Geoghegan, even a conventional progressive Democrat is somewhat of a disappointment. Take a look at these tweets from Quigley's campaign today to see what I mean.
QuigleyCampaign @tomgeoghegan Tom, congrats to you, your volunteers & supporters for proposing important ideas for the problems we face.
Then immediately following:
QuigleyCampaign @tomgeoghegan We'll fight for full access to health care & to protect Social Security.
Talk about not getting what Geoghegan was fighting for in the campaign at all. In fact, Quigley is precisely the opposite of the sort of Democrat Geoghegan promised to be. Geoghegan on multiple occasions spoke about how Democrats in Congress always talk about "saving Social Security" but in fact what we need to do is increase SS payments. In addition, while Quigley Dem boilerplate rhetoric on health care reform, Geoghegan was a fierce advocate for single payer.
As of now, I have no reason to doubt that Mike Quigley will be anything but a solid partner for Barack Obama in the House, but I sure hope he takes a long hard look at the actual ideas Tom Geoghegan was fighting for in this campaign as an example of the sort of better Democrat so many of us hope at some point will be plentiful in Congress.