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Still no A-List Republican to challenge Durbin

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019


A former Democratic candidate for Illinois governor announced his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2020 against Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Robert Marshall, a Vietnam veteran and licensed physician, is running as a Republican in the upcoming election.

“I am running for the United States Senate because we need someone with a public service background that will bring Health Care expertise that will bring solutions that will be pro-tax payer and be centered on the patient but we also need someone who will support President Trump’s fight to secure our border, fight for fiscal responsibility, and make the American taxpayer the top priority,” Marshall said.

Marshall said he ran as a Democrat under an anti-House Speaker Michael Joseph Madigan campaign, but noted he was always pro-life and is a member of the NRA.


Marshall’s lone claim to fame during the Democratic primary was his proposal to divide Illinois into three states.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    They better find someone before they wind up with a literal Nazi on the ballot again.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    There are no A-List Republicans.

    The phonies who became Raunerites and still won’t fess up to the damage they helped create know… they are not going to defeat Durbin because when they sold out to Raunerism… they lost the credibility needed to win statewide… until they offer a mea culpa, and begin as a refreshed candidate who learned from their mistakes…

    There are *no* A-List Republicans, Raunerites gave up the opportunity to be such candidates.

  3. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:51 am:

    == “We need to find common ground, and that’s part of life and certainly part of politics”==
    While I can’t open videos to see the whole speech I agree with that statement. We all laugh and love and live. We all breath air. We all depend on each other. There is plenty of common ground if we look for it.

  4. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:57 am:

    ===There are no A-List Republicans.===

    And I was worried I was being mean.

  5. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:00 am:

    Adam Andrzejewski should run. He got a lot of mileage out of coming in 5th in the 2010 GOP Gubernatorial primary. He’ll get whooped but it will raise his profile with the Fox News types.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:05 am:

    ===And I was worried I was being mean.===

    Until the party realizes former Rep. Andersson was a hero and those who cheered his ouster are the ones ruining the GOP, nope, there are no A-List Republicans.

    In actuality, the deafening silence in the Raunerite ranks on the Eastern Bloc folks…

    The “leftovers” want a regional, angry, white, rural party.

    Until leadership emerges that is willing to eat the mistakes, admit them, and tell voters to look at the GOP post Rauner as the reasonable, welcoming, inclusive party of the collar counties, central and southern Illinois, and She-Caw-Go voters too are welcome… until then…

    No. There are no A-List Republicans.

    That’s real. That’s honest.

  7. - Blue Dogs are Blind, Deaf, and Dumb - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:31 am:

    Disappointed with Durbin. He keeps voting for every record defense increase under President Trump and has not lifted a finger to help people with student loans or help make college affordable. The base needs to demand far better from Sen. Durbin and insist he support Medicare for All. Stop being complacent Senator Durbin!

  8. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:51 am:

    Mr/Ms OW stole my question
    who would be on the “A” list in IL?
    Maybe Rodney, Darin, Adam should run to avoid the 3 way primary in 2022

  9. - Fav human - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:53 am:

    Maybe Dunkin can get someone to run like he did. With no funding, but a cleared primary 😆😆

  10. - Blue to the Bone - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:54 am:

    Dr. Robert Marshall running as a Republican against Senator Durbin is just as wild as his plan to break up Illinois and the kind of news that makes life worth living. I sort of admire his perseverance.

    Link to my favorite photo from the gubernatorial primary via the Daily Egyptian. So classic!

  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 11:58 am:

    - Annonin’ -

    With respect, please, just OW. I’m not that formal.

    ===Maybe Rodney, Darin, Adam should run to avoid the 3 way primary in 2022===

    After 2022, whatever is left of a GOP/Raunerite party that faces a new map and statewide challenges will need to come to grips with those standing as elected officials, those numbers are going to shrink, and how they (electeds) decide to cull the herd themselves for their own survival probably won’t help in a rebuild.

    Hope you’re having a good summer.

    “Just” OW

  12. - don the legend - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    Doesn’t Durbin have to get through his own primary first? Ms Stava-Murray may have something to say about that. /s

  13. - Nonbeliever - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 12:48 pm:

    Perhaps there are NO “A list Republicans” in this state.

    At this point, none come to my mind.

  14. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 1:37 pm:

    ==we also need someone who will support President Trump==

    Yeah, because that’s a winning campaign theme in Illinois.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 1:39 pm:

    ===we also need someone who will support President Trump===

    Trump lost Illinois by 16 points.

    This time around, doesn’t look much better for Trump.

  16. - Anon For Now - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    Non-story. Why waste money on this race if you’re the GOP? He’s probably closer to OK than great as a Senator but he’s not terribly unpopular and it’s a tough year for GOP. The handful of sane GOP left are hiding in the wilderness trying to figure out wth happened to their party and how to get it back. Save your resources for later on.

  17. - JRob - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:42 pm:

    OW, what about Erika Harold? I do not think she would win, but the presence of a talented young black female leading the GOP ticket would benefit the ILGOP.

  18. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    ===what about Erika Harold? I do not think she would win===

    At some point, Erika needs to win something… her reputation as the losing candidate only changes with… a win

  19. - anon2 - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 4:08 pm:

    How about Dan Proft? He has run for statewide office before, and he would revel in the spotlight. If Durbin agreed to debate him, it would make great entertainment.

  20. - Fred Herbert - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 6:41 pm:

    Turbin Durbin…the poster child for term limits.

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