Illinois State Rep. Don Moffitt today endorses State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) for Governor and he called Dillard "uniquely qualified" to be governor, the Dillard campaign announced.
Three other Republican candidates are seeking the nomination of the party, for the right to face incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. The other three candidates are the following: Bruce Rauner of Winnetka, Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa.
The Moffitt endorsement comes on top of endorsements from two former Republican governors, Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson. Moffitt commented on those endorsements. "Given their personal experience (Edgar and Thompson) with the position, it’s telling that the last two successful Republican governors have thrown their support behind Kirk,”" said Moffitt. "One of the biggest assets Kirk Dillard brings to the table is his understanding that managing state government means living within our means, which will require tough choices. Illinois needs a Governor who understands how the budget is spent and will tackle runaway spending with a scalpel- not a hatchet."
Moffitt highlighted the importance of lowering the unemployment rate in Illinois and creating jobs.
"We need a Governor who can turn around the business climate in Illinois. Senator Dillard has proven himself to be a successful advocate for job creation while he was chief of staff to Governor Edgar and as a State Senator by shepherding legislation through the statehouse that brought businesses and jobs to Illinois," said Moffitt.
Moffitt pointed out that Dillard's unique experience having served as Chief of Staff for Governor Edgar, gives Dillard the leadership skills needed in Illinois.
The other candidates for governor are having their troubles, something that Dillard has avoided thus far.
Bruce Rauner is having his troubles ranging from his daughter's enrollment in a Chicago Public School by picking up the phone and call then-CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan, who in turn called the principal of Walter Payton College Prep to ensure her enrollment.
Bill Brady is floundering in his fundraising and question recently arose about a vote on tax subsidies in the state senate, which raised ethics issues because it directly benefited a family member.
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has even bigger troubles, if true, of sexual harassment of an employee of the Treasurer’s office.
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