Lisa Madigan is at risk of falling into the parent trap -- or at least that's the message one of her would-be rivals is trying to push.
Madigan, the Illinois attorney general and daughter of state House Speaker Mike Madigan, takes a big electoral hit when voters hear about her political father, according to a poll conducted for former White House chief of staff Bill Daley.
Daley himself hit the attorney general at a news conference this week for failing to opine on the constitutionality of the various pension reform plans, saying that if she's uncomfortable weighing in on her father's bill she should get someone else in her office to do so. And last week, Lisa Madigan shot down a charge by GOP House Minority Leader Tom Cross that her father and the state Senate President are working together to scuttle pension reform to make Quinn look weak in light of her potential candidacy.
The Daley internal does show that Madigan is popular, but that many would take issue with her father remaining as state House speaker if she were governor. The Anzalone Liszt Grove survey tested Madigan in a hypothetical general election matchup against a "placeholder Republican," Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and found her beating him, 50 percent to 34 percent. But when respondents are asked who they would vote for if her father stays in his current position, interviewers noted that "some say that creates a major conflict of interest." That unveiled a possible line of attack for Daley -- and the unpopular incumbent, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn -- and the poll showed Madigan and Rutherford tied.
Madigan is seen favorably by 54 percent of respondents, while 26 percent see her unfavorably. Thirty-eight percent of voters say they would support her regardless of her father's position, and 23 percent say they like her but would have a hard time voting for her given her father. The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted April 10-15, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percent.
Daley's whack at Madigan and his decision to release the poll point to his seriousness about running -- and being unlikely to drop out if the attorney general jumps in. Madigan has emphasized since Daley -- whose family also has longstanding ties in state politics -- entered the race that she's still seriously considering a run but hasn't given a timetable for her decision.