After floating this balloon (and one for 10th Congressional district) for a few weeks, State Senator and Lake County Chairman Terry "Vote the Graveyard" Link has declared his intent to run for Lt. Governor.
On one hand, the Lt. Guv position is pretty harmless; until Blagojevich got indicted, one could do little harm in that position. Some Lt. Guv's like Corinne Wood used the position to further good causes, like breast cancer awareness. But generally it's a not a power position, and a vacancy in that office isn't even filled per the state constitution (note that we currently have no Lt. Governor since Pat Quinn was elevated to Governor).
So in one respect, maybe getting Link out of Lake County and into a job where he can do less harm isn't a bad thing. But in my experience, anything Link wants can't be good for the rest of us. If Link doesn't take the coward's way out like State Senator Michael Bond (who bailed on the 10th Congressional District race when the Dem field got too tough for him) and drop out when it becomes clear which other Dems are interested, at the least, it will take Link's eye off Lake County and keep him busy elsewhere.
As most here in Lake County already know, Link has some questionable relationships and a checkered (to put it mildly) political history. Among just a few of the issues we've covered are: Link's relationship with the gaming industry (more here and here), the towing business (more here), his refusal to vote to recall Governor Blagojevich (but remember Link was "duped," so it wasn't his fault), questionable campaign finance disclosures, and of course, the capper on it all, the names of deceased individuals appearing on Link's campaign petitions, for which he refused to take responsibility and blamed 'Republican operatives,' even though the two campaign workers ended up pleading guilty to perjury (see here just for starters).
Sure, there's lots of reason to encourage Link to run for Guv Lite and get him into a position where he may do less harm. But let's still hope the GOP puts up a decent candidate against him and sends him packing in 2010.
Related: Last night at Waukegan's City Council meeting, Link's right hand man, "Sneaky" Pete Couvall, got booted from his position as Chairman of the Waukegan Development Commission by new Mayor Bob Sabonjian. Tough break, Pete.