My column today talks about the strangely high number of gubernatorial scandals (and/or possible pseudo-scandals): Rick Perry (Texas), Chris Christie (New Jersey), Robert McDonnell (Virginia), Rick Scott (Florida), Andrew Cuomo (New York), Scott Walker (Wisconsin).


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (Seth Perlman/Associated Press)

Several readers wrote in to remind me that I left another potentially troubled governor off the list: Pat Quinn, Democratic governor of Illinois. From a May article in The Post:

Dubbed the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, Quinn launched the anti-violence program in the fall of 2010, the year he ran for a full term as governor. It has come under scrutiny from federal and state prosecutors. The Department of Justice has sought documents related to the program, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. Earlier in the week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was looking into the program.

Quinn stopped funding the effort in 2012. Critics have cast the initiative as a “political slush fund.” Quinn’s office said it supports any investigation into the matter.

Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.