State News
6:43 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Quinn challenger tells governor to "man up"

Credit www.hardimanforillinois.com
Democratic candidate for governor Tio Hardiman is lashing out at incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for refusing to debate in the run-up to the March primary. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Quinn isn't saying much in response.

A spokeswoman for the Quinn campaign previously said there would be no debates between he and Hardiman. The governor was asked why voters shouldn't be able to hear from both men face to face.

"Well, they know where I stand. And I think he can make his campaign and I'll make mine, and voters will decide," says Quinn.

"I don't know what the hell he's talking about. I'll just be honest with you," says Tio Hardiman. 

"Quinn knows that he's been an absolute failure, so show up. Man up," says Hardiman.

Hardiman is a former anti-violence activist from Hillside. He points to Illinois still having one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, and massive unemployment among low-income African-American teenagers.

Hardiman has had a hard time attracting attention to his campaign, raising very little money for advertising. But he continues to appear at events, making direct appeals to voters.