PI Original Josh Kalven Monday March 16th, 2009, 12:58pm

The One To Watch

The conundrum facing Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she considers a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn next February is this: When people ask her about the motivating force behind her candidacy, what does she say? What does she choose to criticize in Quinn's ...

The conundrum facing Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she considers a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn next February is this: When people ask her about the motivating force behind her candidacy, what does she say?  What does she choose to criticize in Quinn's abbreviated record? After all, you don't challenge a governor from your own party unless you can articulate some serious problems with the way the government is being run.

Last week, we highlighted an under-the-radar comment that appeared to show Madigan positioning herself to oppose Quinn's income tax hike proposal.  But when Rich Miller and Eric Zorn asked for more detail, her office tried to soften the original statement.   Then, in their article today on the political ramifications of Quinn's budget, Tribune reporters Ray Long and Rick Pearson included this tidbit:

Adding to the political intrigue is how helpful [House Speaker Michael] Madigan will be in ushering the tax hike through the legislature. The increase undoubtedly could be used by Madigan's daughter, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, against Quinn should the two face off next year in the Democratic primary for governor.

The speaker is the one to watch as the debate over the income tax unfolds.  While the Daily Herald's John Patterson reported last December that Mr. Madigan has "said he personally could support a tax increase," he has so far been mum on Quinn's proposal.  It would be unfortunate -- but not at all surprising -- if the speaker's political games ended up muddying this crucial policy debate.

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