BLOOMINGTON - Of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates, State Senator Bill Brady's scant fund-raising of less than $45,000 over the last quarter of 2013 is casting doubts on just how serious Brady is in his 2014 attempt to be governor of Illinois.
This is Brady's third run for Governor. His first attempt was in 2006, where he came in third in the ILGOP primary, after then-State Treasurer Judy Baar-Topinka and dairyman Jim Oberweis. Rumors circulated at that time that Brady had entered the primary as a spoiler, to keep Oberweis from winning. Topinka went on to lose to then Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Four years later - in 2010 - Brady eked out a 193-vote win over State Senator Kirk Dillard in an 7-way GOP primary. However, despite Blagojevich having been arrested on federal charges and impeached, his Lieutenant Governor (then Governor) Pat Quinn beat Brady in the 2010 General Election.
This year Brady is teamed with former Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez who, like Brady, is considered a conservative. However, records to-date show the pair has been unable to attract much financial support (see records below), which is leading some analysts to question whether Brady is serious about the run, and to speculate if he may be running as a spoiler as rumored in 2006.
Brady spokesman Dan Egler had no comment when asked about the state senator's fundraising and subsequent path to victory. The next round of state board of elections filing may answer those questions.
Brady currently has two political action committees listed with the Illinois State Board of Elections: Brady for Senate, Inc. and Brady for Governor. The Brady for Governor account is holding at $200,697, and no checks higher than $1,000 have been reported and added to the account since September 30, 2013.