SENATOR IRIS Y. MARTINEZ, STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEWOMAN 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEMANDS CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS

SENATOR IRIS Y. MARTINEZ, STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEWOMAN 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEMANDS CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS

CHICAGO, ILL. “I applaud the women who are calling for new leadership for the Democratic Party of Illinois. I agree with the powerful statements issued by State Senators Heather Steans and Melinda Bush. The time for change is now, “says Martinez.

Last year, I called on Madigan to resign after WBEZ reported that Mike McClain, who is directly tied to Madigan, sent an email in 2012 urging the administration of then-governor Quinn to be lenient in a disciplinary case against a state worker who kept quiet about “the rape in Champaign.”

Before that shocking email became public, I called on Madigan to explain himself or resign as chairman of the DPI following revelations about a culture of sexual harassment within DPI and Madigan’s political office. At the time, Madigan claimed he knew nothing about the claims of a female employee who said she’d been sexually harassed by a manager who worked directly for Madigan. He also claimed he knew nothing about payments his cronies made to the accused harasser.

Ten days ago, ComEd admitted in federal court filings to engaging in a decade-long scheme to bribe Madigan. The company agreed to pay a $200 million fine for its wrongdoing. Though Madigan again claims he did nothing wrong, his many controversies are too distracting for him to remain in leadership.

Defeating Donald Trump is a priority matter for all Democrats. Every day that Madigan remains chairman of DPI is another day we are focused on Madigan’s controversies instead of our critical electoral contests.

I am asking my fellow DPI members to come together, call for Madigan’s resignation, and hold a special meeting to elect a new leader. Our party and our state deserve better.

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