State Dem Leaders Pick Simon For Lt. Gov Slot
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 28, 2010 4:30PM
Simon (left) with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (right); Photo via Madigan's website
Simon clinched the nomination on the first round of voting yesterday. Per the Tribune:
Simon won on the first ballot, receiving the support of central committee members representing 57 percent of all the votes cast in the state's 19 congressional districts in the primary, while Turner got 30 percent. Two other finalists got a total of 4 percent while House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state Democratic chairman, did not cast his 8 percent share of the vote from his Chicago Southwest Side and suburban district.
Simon's nomination came in spite of a strong bid from State Rep. Art Turner (Chicago) who finished second behind Scott Lee Cohen in the February primary. Cohen later dropped out due to controversy over his sordid past. But who knows what shadows lurk in Simon's dark past of...tepid local bluegrass jamming? (via the Sun-Times)