Hardiman Swipes Quinn For Not Debating

Feb 12, 2014

Tio Hardiman
Credit Courtesy of HardimanForIllinois.com

  Democratic candidate for governor Tio Hardiman is lashing out at incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for refusing to debate in the run-up to the March primary. Quinn isn't saying much in response.

A spokeswoman for the Quinn campaign previously said there would be no debates between he and Hardiman.

On Wednesday, the governor was asked why voters shouldn't be able to hear from both men face to face.

"Well, they know where I stand," he said. "And I think he can make his campaign and I'll make mine, and voters will decide."

Hardiman, on the other hand, says:

"I don't know what the hell he's talking about. I'll just be honest with you. Quinn knows that he's been an absolute failure, so show up. Man up."

Hardiman is a former anti-violence activist from Hillside. He points to Illinois still having one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country and massive unemployment among low-income African American teenagers.

Hardiman has had a hard time attracting attention to his campaign, raising very little money for advertising. But he continues to appear at events, making direct appeals to voters.