Quinn Mows Lawn In Latest Ad
By Chuck Sudo in News on Sep 2, 2014 4:00PM
Gov. Pat Quinn burnishes his populist credentials in his latest campaign ad. Using his 63-year-old push mower, Quinn mows the lawn of his Galewood home as a metaphor for the budget cuts and fiscal restraints he's laying claim to in his re-election campaign.
“When I became governor, state government needed to be cut, just like my lawn. So I got to work. I cut state spending by $5 billion, cut over 2 million square feet of office space, closed 50 state properties, and we’re selling nine state airplanes. I suspended legislators’ pay along with my own. We balanced the budget in a fiscally responsible way.”
There is a little bit of irony here. One of Quinn's neighbors complained about a glut of dandelions in the governor's lawn in May.
The campaign of Quinn's opponent in the November election, Bruce Rauner, released a "fact check" of the ad.