This was a question from the Chicago Sun-Times who were pressing Madigan about a possible gubernatorial run in 2014 against Governor Pat Quinn. She and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have two children ages four and seven; she was asked if she could both be governor and raise her kids the way she wants to. “Wow. Does anybody ever ask that question?” Madigan replied.
She continued, “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.” (Personally I would have used the word “parents” rather than “helps,” but that’s just me.) And still, the reporters pressed the issue: Madigan answered again, “I can be the attorney general and do that. There are plenty of women who juggle.”
For their next big exposé the Sun-Times will uncover how Madigan manages to do the grocery shopping and the laundry, all while making sure her husband has his slippers the moment he gets home from a hard day at the office! Stay tuned.