The Chicago Tribune's Clout Street Blog is reporting tonight that Governor Quinn has taken pity on poor Dan Seals, three-time losing candidate for the 10th Congressional District (as regular readers know, he lost twice to Mark Kirk and once to Bob Dold), and given him a cushy six-figure state job - Assistant Director of the Office of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Compared to another person in this office with a similar job title (don't know if Seals is repacing her or not), whose resume was a mile long, it's clear once again that Seals fails to measure up. Also, just for kicks, check out the website for the office - they appear to have more assistant and deputy directors than you can shake a stick at. Wonder how they decide who has to answer the phone and empty the garbage on any given day. Maybe they flip for it.
I guess the message here is that if you are going to be a losing candidate for office, better run as a Democrat because they will be sure to take care of you after you lose. This is pretty much par for the course, as former State Rep Julie Hamos was handed a nice state job by Quinn after losing to Seals in the primary -- a job even better than the one he just gave Seals, in fact -- as Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. More examples of this type of stuff abound.
Quinn even had been accused by some of trading a job for a vote for his tax increase to a then-legislator. Quinn, of course, denied the accusations.
What's the old saying? Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern.
I guess, at worst, we won't have Dan Seals to kick around anymore up here in the 10th District. (although, since Seals actually lived in the 9th District and never did move here, I guess in some technical sense, we never really did have him to kick around, ha ha)
Happy trails, Dan. Just remember to put in your 40 hours a week on my tax dollars, and hit the gym only during lunch, pal.
h/t Kelly Hodge BeLow via Facebook.
UPDATED 5/10/11 6:50 am: The Sun-Times has a short article up, in which Seals states his disinterest in running for office again. I guess he finally got the message.