Monday, June 04, 2007

Is Rodacity a Word?

Because that's what comes to mind when you cross Rod + audacity.

To any of my colleagues hoping to feel better about the process:

Do NOT make the mistake that I made of listening to the Sheila Nix press conference, posted at Capitol Fax. Unless of course, you will feel encouraged by the Governor's position that we 'really need to get to work' and that we can't 'just engage in 3 day workweeks' as the Speaker has proposed.
Does the Governor's office really think that it is smart and/or productive to continue to antagonize the very people that he claims to want to work with? And especially on the issue of how much time we spend working in Springfield of all things?!

I really truly have no interest in being at odds with the Governor. But at the same time, to those of us in the General Assembly who work hard at our jobs, to sit back and have him take potshots at our work ethic, it isn't politics, it's personal.

I very politely told him so during our caucus with respect to his 'Gucci and steak' comments following the crushing of the GRT proposal. My comments apparently fell on deaf ears.

All I know is that none of my constituents have been calling complaining about seeing me jogging in the neighborhood in the middle of the day. (Although I could definitely use the exercise.)


At June 4, 2007 at 4:20 PM, Blogger Yellow Dog Democrat said...

It is now.

Well said, John Fritchey, well said.

I know volunteer grassroots lobbyists who have spent more time at the State Capitol this session than Rod Blagojevich has.

At June 4, 2007 at 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I'd feel sorry for you guys, but with you wasting time cranking out laws like trying to regulate internet dating, laws preventing 'remote hunting', laws preventing kids of getting tattoos, laws poo-pooing horse disposal, I just can't feel sorry for you come crunch time. Sorry.

Plenty of time to point fingers, though.

At June 4, 2007 at 6:39 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...


I don't think any of us are looking for any sympathy. My only point was that the Governor is way off base trying to spin this that it's time for the General Assembly to do its job. We have been doing ours. You are entirely correct, nobody should be pointing fingers, especially the Governor.

At June 4, 2007 at 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rep Fritchey,
i can see where people may find it hard to feel sorry for you guys, even if it's out of your hands. it's just sad to have these kinds of problems with leadership within the Dem party. it's one thing to have a power struggle between emil and the speaker, but at least they have the political smarts or staff not to make (too many) idiotic comments to the press. he's evn becoming a joke on my campus.

PS - really cool graphic! where do you get your images - they're always great.

At June 4, 2007 at 9:26 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

I agree that the personalities of a few are giving the whole party a black eye, which is obviously not good.

As for the graphics - most are from Google (with some creative thinking), the seal I did, and the ticket came from a creative assistant. Thanks though.

At June 5, 2007 at 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hon. fritchey - just to echo the comments of my peer, the governor is kind of a joke around our campus. not sure if this is what people are calling you about, but we used to see him running laps in our gym all the time, with a couple guys around him. dont' worry though - we don't make fun of ALL the politicians - you seem to be well liked as our rep. (and i bet you can use our gym if you want, even though the univ CHARGES us to - don't get me started!!)

At June 5, 2007 at 4:30 PM, Anonymous lake county lancer said...

Hey, you sounded great on WGN this morning. Still, Mike Madigan is Beezlebub and I'll never believe that any intranginence (sp?) from the House Dems isn't at least partially a plot to help install his daughter as governor.

At June 6, 2007 at 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John although you find it disingenuous for the govenor to call you guys on your work ethic the fact remains per Carol MArin's article our elected officials in the House have been in session 52 days and the Senate 56 days over the course of 15 weeks and will now spend additional tax payer funds to try and do their job.

$$$$$$Springfield summer camp
A man walks in to his employer and says, hey boss, remember that job you hired us to do? We couldn't get it done. I don't like Tom, and Dick really hates Harry, and Harry can't stand me. So even though we've been at it for a couple of months, it's going to take us a few more weeks of work and you have to pay extra for it.
And oh, by the way, we need a 10 percent pay raise.

Welcome to the silly, goofy, costly world of the Illinois Legislature.

How costly you ask? You mean, on top of lawmakers' part-time salaries of $57,000 to $80,000?

Try about $1.6 million just for the regular session.

Each member of the Legislature is given a $125 per diem when the governor declares a special session, as is likely. On a day when the full House is in session, that's $14,750. For the Senate the bill is $7,375 a day.

Plus, each lawmaker gets reimbursed at 48.5 cents a mile. Members of the House get a combined $19,907 a week. In the Senate, it's $9,811.

According to the calendar on the Illinois General Assembly Web site, starting back in January, the House has been in session 52 days and the Senate 56 days over the course of 15 weeks.

Now we're paying to send them off to Springfield Summer Camp

At June 6, 2007 at 10:15 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...


I'm not really sure what your point is. If it's that if the Governor spent half as much time down here this session as the legislators have, we'd be done, I fully agree with you.

At June 6, 2007 at 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the word should be Demdacity because although you feel like the problem is governor Blago he is just part of a much bigger problem at the state County and in our case (chicago) city government. It is all run by dems for dems and not for the people. scandal after scandal after sacndal is pushed aside and the machine just keeps protecting its own Todd Stroeger. Hired trucks, Shackman, passing on elected offices to family members ie Stroeger Beavers Lipinski etc. Emil jones and the rest going along with bad public policy concerning Electric deregulation. The Governor passing out contracts to Rezko and his buddies. Obama and Gutierrez getting sweet heart land deals from Rezko etc defeated politicians getting consulting fees etc etc etc

Look in the Mirror I am sorry to say as good as you are you are by silence or inaction on many issues an enabler to the democratic party machine that has no conscience.


At June 8, 2007 at 10:26 AM, Anonymous Southern Illinois Friend said...

Rep. Fritchey,

Keep up the good work in Springfield and Chicago.

Down here in Southern Illinois the catfish are biting the beer is cold and the Cards are starting to win, making for a great summer.

If you need a break come on down and see us.

At June 8, 2007 at 5:03 PM, Anonymous pjs said...

I hold the governor personally resposible. His BIG plan for developing a budget in overtime is to MEET with leaders!?!? That might be a new tactic for HIM! Unbelievable rodacity!


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