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Pat Quinn

Democrat, Running for Governor



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    The Man: Pat Quinn is the 41st and current Governor of Illinois. Previously elected three times to statewide office, Quinn was the Lt. Governor when then-governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois Senate. In his race to win the statehouse,  Quinn has tried to distance himself from Blagojevich while managing a $13 billion budget deficit -- the worst in Illinois history.

    The Knock: Quinn has a reputation for being a hands-on governor, and because of that approach Quinn has been accused of running an unfocused administration. His campaign has suffered as well -- Quinn was late to appoint a campaign manager, and parted ways with his PR firm with only weeks to go before the election.

    Quinn has recently been dogged by several high-profile scandals, including a mismanaged early prison release program and large staff salary increases.

    The Strategy: Quinn has not held campaign events to promote his candidacy during the general election, instead favoring a legislative approach to generate headlines. While early polls showed him trailing his Republican challenger, Bill Brady, Quinn has been making headway in the polls recently with a series of political ads questioning the character of his opponent.

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