Jan. 13, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Matt Murphy criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s leadership this morning, saying the governor has made the state’s situation “considerably worse” since taking office last year.

Quinn is scheduled to give his State of the State address at noon.

Murphy’s unofficial running mate, Andy McKenna, was originally scheduled for the press conference but was replaced at the last minute. Murphy said McKenna was in Chicago preparing for a debate.

Murphy said he expects Quinn to attribute the state’s dismal financial situation to national trends rather than a “failure of leadership” during the last eight years. He also criticized Quinn’s support of a campaign finance reform package last year if state parties would agree to forgo endorsements for governor.

“He was willing to sell out real reform to help him win the nomination,” Murphy said.

Murphy is a state senator from Palatine.