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Plenty of Republicans interested in gubernatorial run

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:14:15 CST
By: IPR's Tony Arnold

Republican primary voters might see a long list of candidates next year for Illinois governor. IPR's Tony Arnold reports:


Several Republicans are already explaining why they would be the ideal candidate.
KIRK DILLARD: Needs to be a suburbanite with strong downstate roots.
AARON SCHOCK: I think some people that are looking at running again are going to have trouble getting that necessary support to run.
DAN RUTHERFORD: I see the Republican primary voter as going to be looking at who has the best shot at winning the governor's office.
Those were State Senator Kirk Dillard, Congressman Aaron Schock, and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford. State Senator Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner are also potential candidates. Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady says he wants to avoid a crowded primary, but he's not opposed to the party slating a candidate before then, saying that process worked out ok for Wisconsin Republicans.
PAT BRADY: I don't think it's out of the conversation like it was four years ago.
Brady says whomever is the Republican nominee that person has to perform better around Chicago than four years ago when Democrat Pat Quinn won election.

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