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Duckworth's Daunting Decision

  If you're Tammy Duckworth and hearing reports that you're on Governor Pat Quinn's "short list" of favored candidates to be selected as Quinn's running mate for the fall election, what do you do?

  Retired U.S. Army Major Duckworth is a bonafide American heroine.  She lost the lower part of both legs and much of the use of her right arm when the helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004.  Two years later, democrat Duckworth lost a close race for the Illinois 6th Congressional District seat to republican Peter Roskam.  Shortly thereafter, she was appointed the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans affairs.   In 2009, President Barack Obama named Duckworth the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

  So would Duckworth leave one of the top VA jobs in Washington to run for Lieutenant Governor of her homestate? 

   Let's see...as Lieutenant Governor she would go to her office in the capitol building (or the smaller one at Chicago's Thompson Center) and basically wait for Quinn to choke on a chicken bone (as in die) or be indicted (as in Blagojevich).  That's if the ticket wins.

   If Quinn/Duckworth loses in the fall, she'll end up like hundreds of thousands of other vets these days: 


   And perhaps she read yesterday that House Speaker Michael Madigan is personally sponsoring a bill to amend the Illinois Constitution to get rid of the lieutenant governor's office by 2015. 

  This week, Duckworth has not answered our repeated phone calls to find out if she's interested in running for lieutenant governor.

  The smart money says she'll stay put in Washington.




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