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Former governor calls Quincy State Rep. "most qualified"
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SPRINGFIELD-Republican Bruce Rauner’s choice of a Wheaton city councilwoman as his running mate seemed to hit a nerve Tuesday with gubernatorial rival Kirk Dillard, who until now had hoped to stake sole claim to Republican-dominated DuPage County.
Within an hour of Rauner’s selection of Evelyn Sanguinetti, the Dillard campaign had his running mate – state Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) – do an impromptu teleconference with political reporters. The Dillard campaign also issued a statement from former Gov. Jim Edgar touting Tracy as the “most qualified” Republican lieutenant governor candidate among the four GOP gubernatorial campaigns.
Part of Dillard’s political pitch in this race, unlike the 2010 primary he narrowly lost, has been that as a Hinsdale Republican, he was the only candidate from DuPage County, the reddest county in the state. But that changed with Rauner’s selection of the first-term Wheaton city councilwoman.
In the teleconference, Tracy downplayed any fears that Rauner’s selection could dilute support in DuPage for the Dillard-Tracy ticket.
“Certainly that’s probably what went into candidate Rauner’s thought process. But I really think people will be looking at the breadth of experience Kirk brings. He’s a known entity in DuPage, throughout the Senate district, and as a leader in Springfield for some time. I don’t see … a dilution of the support that’s already out there in DuPage for the Dillard/Tracy team,” she said.
Edgar, who has endorsed Dillard, quickly joined in.
“With all of the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor now decided, it’s obvious who hit the home run. Kirk Dillard’s choice of Jil Tracy, an experienced state representative from Quincy, whose family business employs 1,000 Illinoisans in a food-distribution business, is clearly the most qualified to be governor if something were to happen to Kirk,” Edgar said.
“Jil shares Kirk’s vision to make Illinois a destination economy for job creators and families. A Dillard-Tracy administration will be one which will represent all of Illinois, not just one city or region,” the former two-term governor said.