Who? Well, this is almost a dream. Bill Brady for SOS. I supported Brady in 2010 when he narrowly lost to Quinn. He would make an excellent administrator in the SOS office. Although I have some misgivings for some Rauner-era shenanigans, I would still support him over Alexi. And I would love to befuddle my neighbors by having a Bill Brady and a JB Pritzker sign in my yard.
Kirk Dillard. He got a bad deal when he ran against rauner, he would have been a good governor. I would support him for SOS over anyone named Brady. Dillard didn’t fall into the raunerite nonsense. He was my kind of republican.
Michelle Obama for U.S. Senate (whenever Sen. Durbin decides to retire). She’s politically astute, and has integrity and great leadership skills. I think she could help resolve some of the divisiveness in D.C.
I have been frustrated with him on votes where he has lacked the same courage shown by Barickman but he’s not as wacko as a lot of other Republicans and he’s been an accessible, visible member of the community in office.
I suppose the not being as wacko as other Republicans is why so many right-wing locals have had it out for him and why he’d have trouble getting out of the primary in a redrawn district. So at 60 might as well up or out.
Hope his replacement isn’t too much of a Eastern Bloc goof.
Dillard definitely could have made Illinois a purple state. He was the kind of Republican who could have built a winning coalition of Pubs and Dems. Unfortunately those days are long gone, thanks to Rauner.
Kinzinger for Senate as he is the only one who’s bio matches up well with Sen. Duckworth. Also, based on skill set alone, I’d like to see Richard Porter run for Governor. We need a restructuring expert to apply his expertise to Illinois’ future (but in a more tactful, bridge-building way than Rauner did)
- Back to the Future - Monday, Jun 14, 21 @ 3:22 pm:
Buffett for Governor or State Treasurer.
Buffett seems like a fellow who has heart in the right place and his father is an American Icon.
Also the R’s could use a candidate that isn’t a wing nut.
Might be too old now (he’d be 70 when Durbin’s seat may open up in ‘26) but was heartened to see some chatter a couple of years ago about Chuy Garcia contemplating a Senate run back against Mark Kirk in 2016. It’d be nice to see one of the Bluest states in the country send a bonafide progressive to Washington. Would be equally nice to see a state with one of the largest Latino populations in the country finally elect its first Latino senator.
Really hope the dems can come up with a quality challenge to Alexi Ga-notgonnawin-olias. Someone who can mop up Cook County and not get obliterated south of I-80. Lauren Underwood is interesting but why would she leave congress? Laura Murphy, maybe. MSD Prez Kari Steele would be a strong candidate. Exec experience and maybe one of the most charming politicians in the state. She gives Jessie a run for his money.