Biela join chorus calling for Madigan to step down
In the wake of a sexual harassment complaint against a top aide to House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), a growing chorus from both sides of the aisle is calling for the longtime speaker to resign.
Democrats and Republicans are both adding their voices to calls for Madigan's resignation, something that has been on the radar of Republicans for some time.
Some of the newer candidates for political office also are adding their thoughts to the mix.
“Enough is enough,” wrote Amanda Biela, a Chicago school teacher running unopposed in the GOP primary in the 15th District for the seat held by Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago). “As more allegations surface, it’s time for Mike Madigan to resign from his leadership position as speaker of the Illinois House and head of the Illinois Democratic Party.”
D'Amico remains silent on the issue.
In Facebook posts on Feb. 21, Biela talked about an “abuse of power” and a willingness to cover up for Madigan’s cronies.
“I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need to call out those predators who partake in sleazy, creepy and possibly illegal actions – no matter their position, no matter their party," one of her posts read.
Biela commended Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss for his outlook on the issue, while noting that she does not support many of his other opinions.
“It's good to see some folks on their side of the aisle are also calling for Madigan to resign,” Biela wrote. "This behavior should never be tolerated and political parties should never protect degenerates because they are on their ‘team’”
Biela suggested it’s time to take a broom to the old ways that have allowed corruption to flourish.
“For too long, the Madigan machine in Springfield has seen themselves as untouchable and have shown a disturbing pattern in creating an environment where women are hurt both professionally and emotionally,” Biela wrote. “This isn't OK in Hollywood or corporate America. And it's most definitely not OK in Springfield. …It's time for the corrupt and sleazy culture of Springfield to change! But it will only do so if we kick the old regime out and rebuild this state with folks that believe in the dignity of men and women and are willing to stand up in the face of misconduct, not sweep it under the carpet.”