FOX 32 investigates Madigan's running mate

Could Madigan be planting his own opponent? FOX 32 investigates

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Michael Madigan is thought to be the most powerful and controversial Democratic politician in the state, but it appears the house speaker could be getting some Republican competition in next year's election.

Or perhaps Madigan's running mate has been placed by the powerful politician himself.

FOX Chicago News Dane Placko investigated the man running against Madigan, Terrence Goggin, who is running for the fourth time since 1998.

Placko reports that every two years in Madigan's Southwest Side district, an unknown candidate appears on the ballot, does little to no campaigning and disappears after the race has been captured by Madigan.

Goggin is following this pattern. The opponent has not answered messages, put up a website or opened a campaign fund. His next door neighbor didn't even know he was running.

Chris Cleveland, Vice Chair of the Chicago Republican Party, has never met Goggin, nor knows nothing of his party affiliations.

"What's happening is that Mike Madigan is up to his sleazy tricks again. He's running a fake Republican candidate so he won't have an actual Republican challenger in the fall," Cleveland said.

In the last two primary elections, when Goggin wasn't running against Madigan, he pulled a Democratic ballot, according to city election records. After looking at his political petitions, and the people who went door to door getting signatures for him to run, only one of seven pulled a Republican ballot in the last election.

Robert Handzik, who ran as a Republican against Madigan in 2012, voted Republican last year but previously had voted in the Democratic primary since 1988.

Angela Reyes, a circulator for Goggin, said she would be happy to discuss the petitions she passed for him until she was questioned further.

Reyes father said that she had no comment and that the only thing he knew about her political affiliations was that she would go with the precinct captain to interpret for the Spanish people in that district, seemingly making her a Madigan supporter.

Another odd twist to the question of Goggin's running stance is the Republican Party's plans to challenge the petitions filed by him to try and knock him off the ballot.

According to Cleveland, "We're tired of the Democrats mucking around in our internal process. We're tired of Mike Madigan's sleazy tricks. We have raised money all year for this. We are ready to take him on."

Cleveland says the idea is to find enough bad signature's on Goggin's petitions that he's disqualified; then, slate a real Republican to run in the general election.

As for what Speaker Madigan thinks about all this, his spokesman Steve Brown told FOX 32: "I wish the Republicans good luck because they're having a bad time in Springfield this week" and suggests the Republicans themselves ran a phony Democratic candidate against Madigan in the last election.

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