GOP offers Madigan, congressional followers a 'retirement plan'
The Illinois Republic Party wants to show House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) the door via a "Madigan Retirement Plan,” according to a press release.
Party officials said the initiative will also target congressional members “who empower their political boss.”
The plan calls for providing grassroots support and enhanced digital and data integration to GOP candidates, all aimed at unseating Democrats who have long aligned themselves with Madigan.
The 75-year-old Madigan reigns as the longest-serving House speaker in U.S. history, having held the post since 1983. In 1998, he became chairman of the Democratic Party.
Gov. Bruce Rauner contributed $4,450,000 to the cause, upping the amount has donated to the party over the last year to nearly $7 million.
“Four decades in power is long enough, and with Governor Rauner’s support, Illinois Republicans can ensure 2018 is Mike Madigan’s last year as Speaker,” GOP chairman Tim Schneider said in the release. “Governor Rauner has shown time and time again that he is committed to revitalizing the Republican Party in the state of Illinois. Thanks to Gov. Rauner’s unprecedented commitment, we are now closer than ever to retiring Speaker Mike Madigan once and for all.”