McKenna: Cut Minimum Wage

Hands GOP a problem

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    Andy McKenna (R) is running for Governor of Illinois: The former Student Government president at Notre Dame was Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party from 2005 to 2009. | Read Full Profile

    Really really really really really really really rich guy Andy McKenna thinks the state's minimum wage is too high.

    The state's minimum wage is $8 an hour.

    McKenna calls that "a problem."

    Which it may be, if McKenna wins the Republican nomination for governor.

    Illinois is a blue state that likely won't take kindly to such a sentiment.

    Not that McKenna is alone. Fellow Republican candidates Jim Ryan and Adam Andrzejewski also support cutting the state's minimum wage, according to the Daily Herald.

    Sounds like they just handed the Democrats a gift. The Daily Herald story garnered more than 100 comments, including:

    "We need some of these politicians to work minimum wage and see how long they can survive and see how hard these families have it," from wheelingres.

    "I find it very ironic that many of those who use one hand to protest raising taxes on the rich want to use their other hand to take from the poor," from Truth Please.

    And:

    "Yes, screw the poorest of the poor. It's their own darn fault for not being born into a wealthy family and having a powerful daddy like Andy Jr. has. It's your own fault if you can't have a big title in the family business handed to you. It's not Andy's fault that his abilities would have him in the mail room in any other company absent daddy's juice," from GOPgal.

    Ouch.

    The commercial makes itself.

    And for McKenna, that's a problem.

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.