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September 19, 2013

Daley decision shakes up Illinois governor's race

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Lisa Madigan, who is seeking re-election as attorney general, said Tuesday that she is not reconsidering her decision to bypass a run against Quinn.

“My decision was based on nothing else to do but my own considerations, not those of any other potential candidates in the race,” she said.

Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago, who also had considered a possible primary challenge to Quinn, said he was not reconsidering. Raoul indicated his decision was due to a variety of factors, not simply whether the primary would have been “a three-way or a two-way race.”

On Monday, Daley told the Chicago Tribune “there’s no doubt in my mind that Pat Quinn will not be the next governor of Illinois. This governor is not that strong that somebody should fear running against him.” Raoul said he believed Daley’s “parting shot” at Quinn was divisive.

“If (Daley) decides he doesn’t have the stomach for it, don’t take potshots at somebody who does,” said Raoul, who is not considered a close ally of the governor’s. “Whatever one may think about the governor’s shortcomings, at least he’s stepping up to the job.”

With no high-profile challenger to Quinn, media attention will focus almost exclusively on the Republican governor primary.

Daley’s decision removes one major variable for the four major GOP contenders, allowing them to home in on Quinn rather than offer a more generic critique of Democratic control of Springfield — a task they launched in earnest Tuesday.

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who is making another bid for governor after losing to Quinn in 2010, said he was eager to again take the fight to the governor.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who questions that if that rematch were held today, given the misgivings of the Quinn administration, we’d end up on top by a great number of votes,” said Brady, who introduced as his running mate Maria Rodriguez, a former eight-year mayor of Long Grove.

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