* Andy McKenna is making it official, kinda. Today, he says he “filed” to run for governor. What that means is he has filed a D-1 statement of organization. The official announcement is next month. McKenna’s new website hasn’t launched yet, but includes this promise…
Coming in October - An announcement of epic proportions
Here’s the press release…
Family Businessman Andy McKenna Files for Governor
CHICAGO - Community leader and family businessman Andy McKenna announced today that he has filed a statement of organization to run for Illinois Governor.
“It’s time to put our house in order. A culture of corruption, a mindless irresponsibility towards taxes and spending and a hostile climate toward the creation of new jobs illustrates just how far Springfield has strayed. It won’t be easy, but we can turn those around,” said McKenna.
“Illinois faces serious problems, but these problems can only be solved by leading a sea change in ethics, confronting some hard choices on behalf of Illinois taxpayers, setting aside the needs of special interests and career politicians and creating a laser focus on the interests of Illinois families. Only then will we be able to provide the people of Illinois the opportunities they need to succeed.”
McKenna is a business and civic leader who resides in Chicago with his wife, Mary. He is the father of four and will formally launch his campaign next month.
It also looks like he’s using his former staff at the Illinois State Party for his campaign.
* Meanwhile, Tom Roeser may have a scoop…
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele has withdrawn his sole endorsement for Mark Kirk for the U. S. Senate, recognizing that the candidacy of Patrick Hughes has drawn major support from Illinois Republicans: thus Steele’s RNC is neutral…a distinct victory for Hughes.
*** UPDATE *** From the Republican National Committee…
“Congressman Kirk is an exceptional candidate and is clearly the frontrunner in this race. This is a targeted race we plan to win and once Kirk wins the primary we will be fully engaged. The RNC traditionally does not get involved in primaries.” – RNC Spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski