Thursday the GOP’s bill to reform the Ilinois workers’ compensation system was defeated in the Senate.
According to The QC Times “[m]ost Democrats voted “present” rather than “no” hoping to avoid an election-time claim that they voted against reform.’
But not our specially bred Senator Mike Jacobs:
“State Sen. Mike Jacobs said his ‘yes” vote sends a message that the issue is not partisan . . . ‘I’m a plainspoken politician who tends to call ’em as I sees ’em, and the fact is, Illinois needs workers’ comp reform . . . The one thing I think we owe is a debt to business in Illinois, and we have to make sure we don’t chase them out’.”
Good politics? Well, maybe, but recently Jacobs was lamenting there had to be a two-tier system for unionized government workers, so—whatever.
Was his “yes” vote just showboating? Well, yeah, Mike inherited the “Look At Me” gene from his daddy, so this could be in play.
Is the fact that Marvelous Mike already knows he has an opponent changing the way he votes? Probably, because previously he has been an unabashed tax and spend liberal happy to be in the pocket of Big Labor.
Marvelous Mike’s “calls ’em as I sees ’em” comment was obviously self-serving, but his QCTimes crony was happy to print it anyway. But for the more discerning—in the future, frame everything Marvelous Mike does or says in the context of the fact that no matter what job he runs for, he WILL have a serious opponent next year.