The toxic political problem known as House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is climbing through the legislative ranks and has caused the downfall of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Republican Party said in a press release following Lisa Madigan's announcement she would not seek re-election.
"Thanks to her father, Lisa Madigan knew her days as attorney general were numbered," GOP spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in the release. "The Madigan brand is toxic for every single Illinois Democrat. This should be the beginning of the end of the Madigan family's disastrous reign over Illinois."
DeGroot noted how Madigan’s announcement followed news that Illinois’ first female majority leader, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), will also not seek re-election. He remarked that the news was shocking in light of Lisa Madigan's seemingly quick rise in the Democratic Party.
"In 2013, Lisa Madigan floated her name as a potential candidate for governor, but took her name out of consideration because of looming questions about her closeness to her father and the possibility of so much concentrated political power in one family," DeGroot said in the release.
Urbana attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold announced her intention in August to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.