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Gov. Edgar handicaps potential GOP primary for Governor

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:18:39 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar is gently casting doubt on a Bill Brady candidacy for Governor. The Bloomington State Senator Brady is still exploring a third GOP run for Governor. Speaking to reporters after a Law Day Speech to the McLean County Bar Association in Normal, Edgar said there are reservations about Brady.

"I think a lot of people say gee we should have won last time and we didn't win with him so we're not sure next time. I think a lot of party folks I've talked to think I wish I would've been for Dillard in the primary because he could have won."

Edgar supported State Senator Kirk Dillard in the GOP primary last cycle and says he would probably do so again if or when Dillard formally announces. Edgar says Brady may still have some lingering name recognition. Edgar also says there is no one more personable in Illinois politics than State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, but Edgar is not sure how Rutherford would do. Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock recently announced he is not running for Governor. But, Edgar says Schock will have time to run for statewide office and that Schock has a bright future. He notes businessman Bruce Rauner has a lot of money, but no experience and the money may be scaring some potential candidates out of the primary. Edgar says everyone is waiting to find out what the 800 pound gorilla of Illinois politics will do, when Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces whether she will take on Governor Quinn in a primary.

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