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*** UPDATED x1 *** Durbin “has the support” to stay in Senate leadership slot

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

* Greg Hinz

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is claiming he has the votes to retain his post as the U.S. Senate’s second-ranking Democrat. […]

Durbin long ago was pushed aside by his former D.C. roommate, New York’s Chuck Schumer, in the contest to succeed Reid as Democratic leader. But there’s been considerable speculation as to whether Schumer or the caucus wanted further change.

A new piece in Politico says that Durbin and Washington’s Patty Murray are still “circling” over the second slot. It says Murray is “refusing to rule out any of her options.”

But Team Durbin sounds awfully confident.

Says spokesman Ben Marter, “Durbin would be honored to continue to serve the caucus, and has the support to do that.”

Bruce Rauner will spend maybe $100 million, even maybe $150 million on his reelection bid. So, the Democrats are gonna need somebody with either very high name recognition (which Durbin has) or lots and lots of money with lots of rich friends. Or somebody with both.

*** UPDATE ***  From the Daily North Shore

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) definitively said he will not be a candidate for governor of Illinois in 2018 against Gov. Bruce Rauner. […]

“I have priorities I want to accomplish in the Senate,” said Durbin. “There are other good people out there. If I take a step back hopefully some of them will emerge and step up.”

One potential gubernatorial candidate Durbin mentioned by name in a DailyNorthShore.com interview was Christopher G. Kennedy of Kenilworth, a former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

The son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), Chris Kennedy is also the chairman of the Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., the investment firm of the Kennedy Family, according to Kennedy’s LinkedIn profile.

“I’ve encouraged him to get out there and talk to people around the state,” said Durbin.

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47 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:42 pm:

    ===Bruce Rauner will spend maybe $100 million…===

    You can stop there, I need to breathe. Whoa. Then there’s $150 million out there…

    You stay in the Senate. I don’t blame Durbin in the least, lol.


  2. - Boone's is Back - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:44 pm:

    Even if he “has the support” to stay number 2. Does he really want to do that? Gonna be a different crew, and he is going to be pushed aside under team Schumer.


  3. - LizPhairTax - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:44 pm:

    Tio.


  4. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    Face facts, Durbin has never delivered much to Illinois through his Senate leadership, so why would we want him to run Illinois? For my money, I want someone who will move Illinois forward, not back.Rauner is a loser. Any Democrat that runs will defeat him.


  5. - Been There - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:01 pm:

    ===Gonna be a different crew, and he is going to be pushed aside under team Schumer.===
    Not necessarily the way it works in the US Senate. Especially if Clinton is President. He will want Durbin there if for nothing else to help keep raising money.


  6. - Steve - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:01 pm:

    Senator Durbin does have options. Durbin doesn’t need anywhere near that kind of money to take on Bruce Rauner. Illinois voters have no problem voting for a Democrat for Governor that wants to raise taxes. Many Illinois voters wouldn’t be upset if Illinois went to a progressive tax and had a top rate of 9%. It might hurt Illinois , in the long run, but it’s doable here in Illinois.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:01 pm:

    ===Any Democrat that runs will defeat him.===

    The last sitting Illinois governor that was defeated at the ballot box… was…

    It’s tough to beat a seated Illinois governor, especially one with, for openers, $100 million, to take you on.

    Rauner is the favorite right now, history and money is on his side.


  8. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:06 pm:

    It hasn’t been put out there, but is Durbin a potential cabinet pick for a President Clinton? Who’s stronger on foreign affairs in the Senate to be a potential SecState pick? The Foreign Relations Committee is mostly younger senators.


  9. - Steve - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:06 pm:

    -Oswego Willy-

    I hope you are right. But, this is a deep blue state and a Governor who doesn’t have high approval ratings. Although, I think he’s doing a great job: I doubt the typical Illinois voter thinks this.


  10. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:07 pm:

    Two years as possible Majority Whip are better than being battered with $100 million of negativity by Rauner.

    Patty Murray will likely be set up to succeed Durbin as Senate Dems #2, which won’t even be that fun because there’s a trounce coming in two years.


  11. - Juice - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:07 pm:

    Oooh! I know the answer! Pat Quinn!

    But in all seriousness, a sitting Republican Governor has not run for reelection since 1994, and the dynamic is certainly different now than it was then. Rauner is no Edgar. On the other hand, Edgar didn’t have $100 million. I’ll say Rauner is the favorite based off the fact that you can’t beat somebody with nobody, but I’m going to wait until things heat up before making a prediction.


  12. - LeadingInDecatur - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:08 pm:

    “The last sitting Illinois governor that was defeated at the ballot box… was…”
    Ooh! finally a question I know the answer to…
    Quinn! right?
    why? He was put on earth to end the pension problem…
    result?
    We gave Rauner a chance …at least 40% of Union families did.
    We won’t be fooled again.
    (not to say Rauner’s $$$ don’t concern me…)


  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:09 pm:

    ===Although, I think he’s doing a great job: I doubt the typical Illinois voter thinks this.===

    Crain’s Chicago Business might not agree with you either. Just saying…


  14. - Flip - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:10 pm:

    Name recognition and money, or both.

    Not sure anyone exists who checks the both those boxes. I would add “not having anything to do with Springfield” to the list of preferred attributes.


  15. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:20 pm:

    ==Rauner is the favorite right now, history and money is on his side.

    Who has Rauner added who didn’t vote for him last time? Who has he lost? I think most are in that second category for those who just couldn’t handle Quinn and thought Rauner wouldn’t be that bad. I don’t think Rauner has added any voters other than the inevitable anecdotes responding to this post.

    I would expect the 2018 cycle to be similar to 2014 in terms of turnout and I would expect some Rs picking up Lege seats. But assuming Democrats put up someone not named Quinn, who does he beat? Especially with no budget on the horizon…

    Even in a Republican year, the fundamentals are against him and he isn’t the Republican who can pick up disaffected Democrats now.


  16. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:21 pm:

    === “not having anything to do with Springfield”

    How’d that work with Rauner?


  17. - Rabid - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:28 pm:

    Next in line Mike Madigan,that’s who my govenor really wants to run against. The debates would be epic


  18. - Reformed Public Servant - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:34 pm:

    RAHM


  19. - TR - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:39 pm:

    I never believed the Durbin for Guv hype, but this may finally put it to rest.

    Dems will now have a bloody, costly primary. The last thing they need before taking on Rauner.


  20. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:53 pm:

    ===is Durbin a potential cabinet pick===

    Not as long as Illinois has a Republican governor.


  21. - Boone's is Back - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:54 pm:

    ===He will want Durbin there if for nothing else to help keep raising money.===

    Ok, so he is there to raise money. Doesn’t exactly sound like the inner sanctum to me. How is this a better deal than what he has now, or even break even?


  22. - Demoralized - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:57 pm:

    No tinfoil hat conspiracies of Barack Obama running for Governor yet? He meets both of the requirements.


  23. - Stuff Happens - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:58 pm:

    What’s Obama doing in 2018?


  24. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:02 pm:

    Quinn lost.

    Quinn was outspent and defined by so much money, the Quinn negatives… whoa.

    Rauner won’t get outspent, Rauner won’t let his message be muted, and Rauner will spend $100+ million that…

    … Quinn…

    Never had.

    Richard Ogilvie lost as a sitting governor, Dan Walker lost his primary.

    Three, including Quinn, since 1972… three.

    Tough ask.


  25. - TR - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:03 pm:

    @Demoralized

    No tinfoil hat, but there is lots of wishing for Michelle Obama.


  26. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:05 pm:

    ===No tinfoil hat conspiracies of Barack Obama running for Governor yet? He meets both of the requirements.===

    How about Michelle??? Haha. Right. They want to enjoy life in Hawaii. Who can blame them?


  27. - anon - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:11 pm:

    Isn’t there a Kennedy in Illinois….


  28. - Downstate Dem - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:18 pm:

    Penny Pritzker. Name and money.


  29. - Downstate Dem - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:23 pm:

    Keep an eye on Chris Kennedy, who has reportedly impressed county chairs and party leaders throughout most of downstate (Southern IL and the Quad Cities).


  30. - Madigan's Lapdog - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:23 pm:

    All the folks hoping and praying that Durbin would run for Guv. better drop their hash pipes and join the real world. I said this before, he’s not going to give up his membership in the the exclusive club of America to get his reputation obliterated in an election against Rauner. Nope.


  31. - anon - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:24 pm:

    Oh Yea, that Kennedy….


  32. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:26 pm:

    ===…who has reportedly impressed county chairs and party leaders throughout most of downstate (Southern IL and the Quad Cities).===

    … when not looking like someone under indictment, running away from reporters… and elevators…

    Ugh.


  33. - Downstate Dem - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:31 pm:

    Oswego - I guess you missed Kennedy’s Springfield event (with former Gov. Jim Edgar) where he took questions from a dozen statehouse reporters a couple weeks ago.


  34. - Nobel Laureate - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:34 pm:

    Money doesn’t talk. It screams.


  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:37 pm:

    Um, - Donstate Dem -

    - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 28, 16 @ 10:26 am

    To the Post,

    Edgar is giving ridiculous cache to Kennedy, sharing a stage with Kennedy…

    … exactly as Edgar shared a stage with Rauner.

    You share a stage with a former governor as you field questions, that’s a powerful message, and instant credibility.

    It’s not up for discussion. Edgar sharing a stage gave Kennedy a boost.===

    Do yourself a solid.

    Keep up, lighten up.

    Your thin skin isn’t helping Kennedy. Honest.


  36. - Demoralized - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:37 pm:

    If Chris Kennedy is the answer then it would probably be best to save money on the election and just let the Governor keep the keys.


  37. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:41 pm:

    ===I would expect the 2018 cycle to be similar to 2014 in terms of turnout===

    I hope you’re right. I’m expecting 2018 to resemble 1994, which is bad news for the Democrats almost regardless of the nominee. Anything can happen and I hope I’m wrong, but if it shapes up that way, Quinn might be the only Democrat dumb enough to run.


  38. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:42 pm:

    ==Rauner is no Edgar.==

    No ramp to hide behind, I suppose.


  39. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:49 pm:

    Really weird sentence structure there DailyNorthShore.com

    He definitely said it. But did he say he definitely wouldn’t run?

    Also, I just saw Chris Kennedy running for an elevator. He definitely looked like he definitely wasn’t running for governor.


  40. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:50 pm:

    “Not as long as Illinois has a Republican governor.”

    Forgot all about the appointment process….last time around it went swimmingly…


  41. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:50 pm:

    ===I’m expecting 2018 to resemble 1994, which is bad news for the Democrats almost regardless of the nominee.

    Actually 2010 was worse than 1994 for Democrats. Neither was good mind you, but I’d take a 1994 in Illinois and still expect a Democrat of any competence to win. Illinois has grown more blue since 1994.


  42. - Downstate Dem - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:54 pm:

    My point (Oswego) is that Kennedy took questions from a dozen reporters for a long time in Springfield after the Better Gov’t Ass’n event with Edgar. That’s all.


  43. - TR - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 4:59 pm:

    Kennedy make sense, but don’t assume he’s gonna have the money to slug it our with Rauner. There are a lot puppies nursing off that family you-know-what.

    But he has name rec and should have little trouble raising other people’s money. Can counter Rauner by projecting a pro-business and pro-labor profile. Has to develop a thicker skin. But I still think Tom Dart would be the Dems best candidate.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 5:00 pm:

    ===…I guess you missed Kennedy’s Springfield event (with former Gov. Jim Edgar) where he took questions from a dozen statehouse reporters a couple weeks ago.===

    Nah, you took the snark as a slight and “guessed” I missed something…

    I can read, thanks.

    Oh, and that was after the ridiculousness of the elevator, if you hadn’t guessed.

    Ugh.


  45. - Rabid - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 5:21 pm:

    Chris has name appeal,don’t need the job,and is an outsider. My govenor is now an insider with low approval sad


  46. - illinicpa2 - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 7:29 pm:

    Read Daniel Henninger’s column in today’s WSJ. Our senator could be out by way of Senators Warren and Sanders. Mark my words–every politician that states that he/she is not interested in running for some office will definitely be the candidate.It’s already been decided–Durbin is the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor in 2018.


  47. - peon - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:33 pm:

    Unless the Governor spends the $150M on a giant neuralyzer (Men in Black style), mounts it on a tall building in Chicago, and radiates the whole State so we forget his first term completely does he have any chance of being re-elected in 2018.


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