Griffin, for his half, denied that he’s picked a candidate, although he made it clear he needed to see Pritzker gone. Nonetheless, one GOP supply who spoke to Griffin’s people instructed the Chicago Solar-Occasions’ Rachel Hinton that relating to Irvin, “They’ve been after him for awhile, and [Irvin’s] been going forwards and backwards. However there’s little doubt that he’s the christened alternative.”
Not everybody, although, is pleased with Griffin’s machinations. One particular person identified only as a “prominent Republican” instructed Pearson, “These Griffin folks backstage, we don’t know. Is it just like the Wizard of Oz?” They added, “I’m not saying they don’t have any credibility, nevertheless it’s somewhat daring to say to the Republican State Central Committee, ‘OK girls and boys, line up. That is what we’re going to do.”
The GOP main already consists of enterprise capitalist Jesse Sullivan, who has his personal rich backers; state Rep. Darren Bailey; businessman Gary Rabine; and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf, and so they’d every have plenty of material to attack Irvin over if he additionally received in. The mayor voted within the 2014, 2016, and 2020 Democratic primaries, although he did solid a poll within the 2018 Republican contest.
Pearson also writes that Irvin “helps immigrant rights, and implementing sanctuary city-style insurance policies with regulation enforcement for immigrants who lack authorized standing.” Irvin additionally proclaimed a day of honor to acknowledge Ngozi Ezike, the state director of public well being who has carried out most of the measures to curb the pandemic that the GOP base completely despises. Maybe most notably, Irvin’s associates relay that he’s instructed them he’s pro-choice, although his advisor denies this.
In the meantime, a distinct Republican billionaire is exhibiting a small little bit of curiosity in stepping into the race himself. Whereas Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts reportedly stated no to working final month, a spokesman now says that “Ricketts has no present plans to run for governor,” which Crain’s Chicago Enterprise appropriately interprets as not ruling something out. Illinois’ submitting deadline isn’t till March, however severe candidates all the time begin accumulating signatures effectively earlier than then in a state the place petition challenges are a lifestyle.