Quinn keeping a low profile
BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield bureau chief firstname.lastname@example.org November 5, 2012 8:00AM
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 04: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Updated: December 6, 2012 11:49AM
Gov. Pat Quinn got a prime speaking role at September’s Democratic National Convention, but since then he’s been mostly missing in action as a front-and-center surrogate for President Barack Obama.
That may change between now and Tuesday, but the governor has pretty much stayed home as other top Illinois Democrats rack up frequent flier miles singing Obama’s praises.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked up Obama on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday after campaigning for him last week in Ohio and two weeks ago in Florida.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), meanwhile, signed on for visits in Colorado and Nevada to boost Obama among Latino voters. And Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) stumped in Ohio for Obama last week, the senator’s second campaign visit there in two weeks.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said her boss has helped the president by sending volunteers to Wisconsin, appearing on national television programs and donating to Obama.
“The governor of Illinois balances his state responsibilities with supporting the president’s re-election effort as much as possible,” she said.
But a potential 2014 GOP gubernatorial rival suggested unspoken strategic reasons may be behind Quinn’s absence from the presidential campaign trail.
“When he has the lowest bond rating in the nation, the highest unemployment rates in the nation and [more than an $80 billion] unfunded liability in pensions, I’m not sure that’s the profile the president wants to have on the national stage about his home state,” state Treasurer Dan Rutherford said.