*Two senior House Democrats confirmed the rumors that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Madigan, suspended his re-election campaign to prevent him from preventing others from reaching 60.
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael J. Madigan, issued the following statement on Monday:
“This is not a withdrawal.
“I have suspended my election for speaker.
“As I have said many times in the past, I always put the best interests of the House Democratic Caucus and our members first.
“The Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives can try to find someone other than me to get 60 votes for the Speaker.”
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By temporarily exiting, Madigan may hope to show the broken core team that no one else can call in the necessary support.
I think this is a big part of it, but I saw a small group of members who voted against him yesterday crawled back and asked him to save. The harsh reality is that he cannot reach 60 years old. It̵
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While Madigan was waiting to see if there was another option that could get 60 votes from a very different core group, it also opened the door for new candidates, including the overwhelming majority of black and Latino preparatory members of the House of Representatives. stand by.
And women. Don’t forget women.
The list of groups requesting the House of Representatives to elect a female speaker now includes: Illinois Democratic Women, We Will, Vote Mom, She Vote, Illinois Now, Lake County Democratic Women, Northwest/North Now, McHenry Now, Resistor Sisters, McDonald’s Democratic Women’s County, Maid of Illinois, Peoria Now, Indivisible Oak Park, Friends of March, Indivisible Chicago in Illinois, Chicago now and Chicago in Women’s March.