On Thursday there was a bit of shock in the political world as former state Attorney General Jim Ryan for the first time expressed sorrow for cases he oversaw as a prosecutor that put two innocent men on death row.
In the email from his long time spokesman, Ryan also staked out his new position on the death penalty, stances that in at least one key area contrast those from his previous run for governor in 2002.
Here’s what Ryan said yesterday about the death penalty moratorium still in place more than a decade after then-Gov. George Ryan declared it.
“If I am elected governor, I will not lift the moratorium on capital punishment until we have created a more limited and accurate system of capital punishment.”
What's your opinion? Isn't that the sensible approach? Or is it like Obama saying we'll not commit more troops to Afghanistan until there's a stable government there? What do you think?
Is it possible that the people of Illinois have come to agree with the moratorium imposed almost a decade ago and this announcement by the hopeful governor is nothing more than a political strategy?
What about Texas? When do you think we'll hear something like this coming out of the Lone Star State? I think it'll be a while, what about you?
Based on this, I like Jim Ryan very much, but before deciding to root for him from afar, I wondered how he stands on gun control. After reading this, he's got my vote, so to speak.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.