CHICAGO – Over the past few weeks, multiple reports have pointed to an interference campaign by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary. Vulnerable Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is a board member and current labor chair of the DGA, and former finance chair.
Jack Dorgan, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, called on Gov. Quinn and the DGA to stay out of the Republican primary: “Pat Quinn and the DGA are showing a blatant disregard for the voters of Illinois," said Dorgan. “It’s bad enough that under Pat Quinn, Illinois is suffering from sky-high unemployment; the worst-run budget of any state; a 67 percent tax hike; and a business climate that’s sending jobs and families fleeing."
"Democrats already have a troubling pattern of getting involved in Republican primaries in other states like Indiana, Missouri, and Nevada," Dorgan added. “This particular scheme speaks to Gov. Quinn’s arrogance, his complete lack of credibility and honesty, and his own lack of confidence in his ability to win in November. The Republican Party won’t stand for it, and the voters of Illinois won’t stand for it. Tricks, games, and campaign schemes won’t make Illinois a better place to live and work. A change in leadership will.”