Finally, in the sea of envy that is Illinois politics — with all those nasty, mean and negative campaign ads — we have some heartwarming news to report.
What's more, Brady will even throw them parties, complete with free and tasty sandwiches for the voters.
"It's all about the love," Brady told me Wednesday. "All I want is good feelings for all."
All the Democrats have to do is invite the most powerful politician in the state, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, as the guest of honor. And at the party, the Democratic candidate will be asked to introduce Madigan to their voters, and maybe pose for a picture.
Brady is calling these "Meet Mike Madigan" sessions, and if a Democrat promises to host one, then Brady vows to foot the bill.
"If Democratic candidates take Mike Madigan's campaign money, the least they can do is offer voters in their district to meet with Mike Madigan," Brady said. "With a 16 percent public approval rating, I'm sure voters have lots of things they'd like to ask Madigan, if they had the chance."
And for those voters who can't attend the "Meet Mike Madigan" sessions, Brady promises to have photographs taken of Boss Madigan with the Democrat hosting the party, and then Brady says he'll put the photos on a brochure and mail it out to the candidate's constituents.
"The Illinois Republican Party will not only sponsor parties for Democratic legislators, we'll get a picture with the speaker, and we'll even do a mailer," said Brady. He added that he would cater the "Meet Mike Madigan" fests with sandwiches from Jimmy John's.
Some Democrats might be skeptical of a Republican bearing gifts — and maybe even a signature Ultimate Porker sandwich — but Brady says it's about reaching across the aisle.
"This is my effort at bipartisanship. It's all about love."
"Big chunks of love," said Brady.
I told Brady that some cynics might think he was being facetious.
"Oh, gosh, no," Brady said. "A guy like Boss Madigan gives you hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money for a legislative seat, provides campaign logistics, the least you could do as a loyal Democrat is hug the guy in public. A really big hug. This is about love that should be publicly expressed."
You'd think that Democrats running for the state Legislature would leap at the chance to hug Boss Madigan in public, or perhaps sit in his lap for a photo unless they're much larger than he, in which case he could sit in their laps, on a big comfy couch.
But Madigan isn't the huggy-feely type. He's more the quiet, hide-under-a-rock-and-lunge-at-the-back-of-your-neck type. He's been speaker for almost three decades now, as the state has been bled dry and is drowning in debt, and companies are running to other states because they can't do business here. Yet Madigan can do business here, in the wind-swept economic wasteland known as Madiganistan, the state once called Illinois.
The lord of Madiganistan also runs the state Democratic Party, and his puppet Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor, runs the Cook County Democratic Party. Madigan also makes a reported fortune from his legal business, which is all about reducing taxes for wealthy downtown real estate interests. And daughter Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the top law enforcement official in the state, and she's being primed to become your next governor.
With all of those jobs, Madigan finds time for other hobbies. He's a master cartographer, or mapmaker if you will, drawing the state's political map that just by coincidence favors Democrats, who raised your state income taxes 67 percent. He sends out the political troops and the political money, and though he is the master of all he surveys, he doesn't stand for re-election before all the people. Just a few.
Fewer than 9,500 voters from his Southwest Side district elected him to the Legislature. The other Democratic state representatives elect him speaker. And they'd better do it with smiles on their faces. He has all that control, and all that treasure, without the hassles.
Perhaps that's why his job approval ratings are so low, according to a recent Tribune poll. Only 16 percent of Illinois voters view him favorably, and that low number drops even lower in the suburbs. You'd think the candidates he backs would rush to introduce him to their voters, to pump up the love.
So we called a few to survey their views on Boss Madigan, before the election. One is state Rep. Michelle Mussman, of Schaumburg, the self-described "Mom on a Mission" who represents the 56th District. She didn't call back.
And neither did self-described independent state Rep. Jack Franks, the Marengo Democrat from the 63rd District, who didn't have time to talk about Boss Madigan.
We might make it a regular feature, calling the Madiganistanis to ask them to publicly declare fealty to their political lord.
"Tell them there are free sandwiches," said Brady. "It's just so heartwarming."