“I’m with Madigan until I hear from him that he is withdrawing his candidacy to be the Speaker of the House,” State Rep. André Thapedi said Monday. […]
State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) said there’s no path forward for Williams.
“Ann Williams doesn’t have a cross-section of the state backing her,” Moylan said. “There’s no people who look like me — male moderates — she has one Black male, that’s surely not representative of the state, one Hispanic female, there’s no male hispanics, also there’s nobody from downstate…So how is she going to appeal to the rest of us?”
Asked if he thought Madigan’s play on Monday was a display of leadership, Moylan said others from the caucus are free to announce their candidacy to see if they can get to 60 votes.
Thapedi, a member of the House’s Black Caucus, said he likely wouldn’t look kindly on any candidate for House Speaker who comes forward now that Madigan suspended his campaign, calling them “opportunists.”