Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday said his Republican challenger's running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if "cow tipping" was a job requirement in Springfield.
The remark came from an email Evelyn Sanguinetti sent to a Department of Human Rights staff attorney asking if there were any job openings. She's now Republican Bruce Rauner's running mate.
"I think she should apologize for those disrespectful remarks," Quinn told reporters in Chicago as Republicans were gathered at the Illinois State Fair. "That isn’t the right way to talk about anybody or any cow in Illinois. We’re proud of our cows. They’re the best that ever was."
"She ought to say she’s sorry to a bunch of cows," Quinn said, who is seeking a second full term.
Rauner's campaign has said Sanguinetti's emails were to a former law school classmate and the comment was jovial in nature. Campaign spokesman have dismissed suggestions that she was disparaging downstate Illinois.