Madigan flexing 'iron hand' in feud with Drury, Ugaste says
Dan Ugaste is fairly certain not many people were surprised to hear that House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Illinois) was targeting Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) over Drury's decision not to support Madigan's return as House speaker.
“Anyone that knows Mike Madigan or knows anything about how he operates could have seen that coming,” Ugaste told the Kane County Reporter. “And, where the good of the state is concerned, it’s been that way for far too long. He rules everything with an iron hand.”
Madigan and Drury have gone back and forth ever since Drury went public with his decision. A former federal prosecutor, Drury is now running for attorney general in the Democratic primary and Madigan has been far from a supporter, culminating with a union that Illinois News Network reported as having ties to Madigan fighting to have Drury knocked off the March 20 primary ballot.
“This is all part of Madigan’s attempt to hold on to all the power he's amassed over the years,” Ugaste said. “For that, he’s willing to do anything. Give Drury credit, he took a stance against all the madness.”
Ugaste laments that not enough lawmakers in Springfield are willing to do the same and stand up for what’s truly in the best interest of the state. That’s a major part of the Geneva Republican’s platform in his run to replace retiring Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) in the 65th District.
"... The next phase of the campaign starts for me now,” said Ugaste, who is unopposed in the Republican primary. “We’re getting more people involved and more people are starting to hear our message. We all agree we can’t afford to lose this seat and Madigan has to go. Even Democrats know that. They live in this state like everyone else and know all the damage he’s caused.”
The 65th House District includes Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Pingree Grove, Hampshire and Huntley.