THE ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE IS NOT A “RUBBER STAMP” SAYS KELLY
STATEMENT BY WILLIAM J. KELLY, GOP CANDIDATE FOR COMPTROLLER
The State of Illinois cannot afford this $500 million bridge loan. We have already reached the tipping point that the State may not be able to recover. For political purposes, Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes is now saying that he is against Quinn’s bridge loan request. But, he, after all these years, is single-handedly responsible for this Illinois’ financial situation in the first place. The comptroller should not be a rubber stamp for the governor. The comptroller should answer to the taxpayers. But Dan Hynes has not been. The one good thing that Dan Hynes has done is illustrate how important the comptroller’s office really is.
Dan Hynes is a career politician who never worked a day in his life. Unlike Dan Hynes, I am a businessman. Accounts payable and accounts receivable is what I do every day. What the comptroller’s office needs is a businessman, an advocate, and an activist who will not rubber stamp spending bills or bridge loans that Illinoisans can’t afford – whether it an election year or not. But that is not what Dan Hynes has done as comptroller. As comptroller, I will pitch that rubber stamp left on Dan Hynes’ desk for good.
2010 may be the best chance for reform that we will ever have in the state of Illinois. It all comes down to February 2nd and if we nominate real reform candidates. If the people nominate me to be their comptroller, I will make it my business to win for the taxpayers. If not, we will lose the best opportunity in our lifetimes – possibly the only opportunity in our lifetimes – for real reform.
William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is also an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts the multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit http://www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.