* House Republican Leader Jim Durkin told Bernie that he’s switching to neutral in the governor’s race…
He said he’s been for state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, for governor in the past, but got the message as he took on his new leadership role that different members of his caucus support all four Republican nominees for governor, so “I’m going to keep my nose out of that.” […]
“This is going to be a very interesting cycle,” Durkin said. “And we’re going to rely upon hard work, aggressive fundraising, good candidates, and each party’s going to need a little luck, also. So, anyone can win.
“Governor Quinn showed he could win four years ago,” Durkin said. “Never underestimate the incumbent. But we’ve got four fine men who are running in the primary, and whoever is successful… we’re planning to partner up with and get them across the finish line.”
* Durkin told the Kankakee Daily Journal pretty much the same thing…
Kirk Dillard has been a friend and a great leader for years, but I told him that the House leader has to be neutral. I’m not going to stick my nose in the governor’s race. I do have a good vibe about Republican chances.
My hope is that we’re unified behind any nominee — Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford, Bill Brady or Bruce Rauner.
My job is to be a voice for this caucus (of Republicans). We want to emerge without scars and without bad feelings.