Quinn slams Rauner for Cellini endorsement

Apr 10, 2014

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Governor Pat Quinn's campaign is blasting his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner for getting endorsed by Springfield insider William Cellini. But Quinn has his own checkered endorsement history. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the story.

Cellini, a lifelong Republican, went to prison for his role in a campaign contribution shakedown scheme tied to the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Quinn campaign is criticizing Rauner for not doing enough to denounce Cellini, but when reporters asked him about it in the Capitol, Quinn said:

"Well I don't want to get into politics here," says Quinn.

And then went on to talk for more than a minute ...

"He's now a convicted felon and I certainly don't want to have anything to do with him personally and I think anybody who aspires to this office should say clear of him, and make that crystal clear to the people of Illinois."

But leading up to the 2006 election, then Lt. Gov. Quinn stood by Blagojevich, even though media reports had cataloged many allegations of corruption. A reporter asked Quinn why the Rauner/Cellini situation is any different from his support of Blagojevich.

"I'm not going to get into any politics," says Quinn.

And this time, he meant it.