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Illinois Attorney General Questioned on Parenting and Politics

On Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was asked by reporters if she could balance her role as a mother and running for governor in 2014, despite the fact that Madigan has not confirmed she will run.

Madigan shut down reporters’ questions about her intentions in running as governor in the 2014 mid-term election, stating that she was at the Democratic National Convention solely to support President Barack Obama. Reporters pressed the issue and asked if she believed she could balance being governor and raising her two young children.

“Wow. Does anybody ever ask that question?” Madigan replied. “I’m very lucky to have the support of my family. My husband helps take care of our kids. But, I think more people should ask that of men running for office as well.”

Reporters continued to question her ability to balance both, citing that the position of governor was more demanding than her position as Attorney General. Madigan stated “All of these jobs are very demanding. And people who, unfortunately, have to work three jobs and don’t necessarily have health-care coverage – they’re even in a worse situation. So nobody needs to give any pity on what elected officials have to endure.”

Media Resources: RH Reality Check 9/6/12; Chicago Sun Times 9/4/12