ICYMI: AG candidate targets Madigans at B-N stop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you have not heard of Erika Harold, you have not been paying attention. A Republican candidate for attorney general, Erika has been traveling all over Illinois, sharing her message, introducing herself to voters.

The Pantagraph writes:

Erika Harold isn't running against Lisa Madigan anymore, but she still has the state attorney general's family in her sights.

"One Madigan down means one more Madigan to go," she said of Lisa and her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago. "People said, if you run against the Madigans, be prepared. Take your car in to make sure your brakes are checked. That was advice I really got. ... That's not a great commentary on our political system."

Harold said Lisa Madigan, who bowed out of the 2018 election last month after four terms as attorney general, "decided not to run again because she understood the reality of having to run for office while people finally understood what her dad had done to our state.


She also pledged to target political corruption, promote criminal justice reform and increase transparency in the attorney general's office — though Harold stopped short of endorsing a public process to adjudicate Freedom of Information Act disputes, which could be costly for small municipalities.


Harold also spoke about her history as a University of Illinois graduate who paid her way through Harvard Law School with scholarships and speaking fees after becoming Miss America 2003.

"Because I am not somebody who looks like a stereotypical Republican," said Harold, whose ethnic background includes black and Native American heritage, "I have a great opportunity to introduce our Republican principles to a lot of people who may have written us off."


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