Who would Beaubien align with?

Who would Beaubien align with?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 10:44

As Dee Beaubien runs a campaign for Illinois House as an independent, we asked her today: If she won, which party would she caucus with?

Caucus meetings are the private get-togethers Democrats or Republicans have to talk plans and strategy during the legislative session.

The last person who won election in Springfield as an independent, state Sen. James Meeks of Chicago, went with the Democrats as expected.

Beaubien isn't yet saying what she'd do.

"I'm going to stick to my same answer: I'm not elected yet," she told us today.

Indeed, she's involved in a difficult race against Republican David McSweeney for the 52nd House seat in the Barrington area - an area that consistently sends Republicans to Springfield.

Beaubien's getting a lot of help in her campaign from powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, leading some to think she'd caucus with that party if elected.

But she and her late husband, longtime state Rep. Mark Beaubien, have deep Republican roots. So the question might not have a simple answer. And we won't know until Nov. 6 whether it needed to be asked.

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