We have another candidate for lieutenant governor. It’s Maria Rodriguez, the former mayor of Long Grove, pop. 8,000, in Lake County, selected to be the running mate of State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a Republican candidate for governor. At her introductory news conference Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, she articulated the despair that she believes Illinoisans feel about their state.
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“Some are moving away, but others are just giving up. They’re downsizing their hopes and dreams and getting into the belief of what we have is this mediocrity, this new normal, a new normal of mediocre economic performance, of failing schools, of violence-prone streets,” she said.
Rodriguez was mayor from 2005 to this year, when she chose not to run again. She lost a Republican primary for Congress in 2010, then got involved with the watchdog group For the Good of Illinois. She was in a variety of small businesses with her husband. She’s a University of Illinois graduate, born in Michigan who moved to Illinois at age 8.
Brady has a conservative social agenda – anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and Rodriguez says she’s in agreement with that.