Brady Selects Lt. Governor Candidate
We have another candidate for lieutenant governor.
Itâ€™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 this Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, she articulated the despair that she believes Illinoisans feel about their state.
â€śSome are moving away, but others are just giving up. Theyâ€™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,â€ť 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. Sheâ€™s a University of Illinois graduate, born in Michigan who moved to Illinois at age 8.
Brady has a conservative social agenda â€“ anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and Rodriguez says sheâ€™s in agreement with that.