SPRINGFIELD - Despite the activity and commitment of a growing number supporters such as Springfield's Jim Feagans, who Illinois Review interviewed Tuesday, State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) says he is not a candidate for governor.
Feagans told IR that McCann and he had been in constant contact over the weekend, and there was no question the Senator was fully aware of the effort to circulate petitions on his behalf to be an independent candidate for governor in 2014.
But in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon through the Republican Senate Caucus spokeswoman Patty Schuh, Senator McCann called the petition drive and Feagans work on his behalf "rumors":
“I am humbled and honored. However, despite rumors to the contrary, I am not an independent party candidate for governor.
"As we focus on the 2014 elections, I look forward to continue working with my party leadership and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno to make the party bigger and better with the ultimate goal of making our state better and stronger. I will continue to be a voice for my constituents and a voice for all those who want and deserve to be heard as we seek new leadership in Illinois.
"Illinois needs and deserves better representation at the top. We must close the chapter on the state government regime that has led Illinois to record high unemployment, record high taxes and record high debt.”
Despite attempts to speak to McCann since last Friday, the phone number provided on Tuesday's statement via Schuh had a message saying "This number is not accepting calls."