RFK’s son to run for Illinois governor: report
Former Sen. Robert Kennedy’s (D-N.Y.) son is campaigning to become Illinois’ governor, according to a new report.
Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy will try unseating Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in 2018, The Associated Press said Wednesday.
The AP confirmed that Kennedy, whose father also served as attorney general, is launching the gubernatorial bid with campaign adviser Hanah Jubeh. ...
Kennedy may face a difficult Democratic primary, however, with the AP listing Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar as another candidate.
Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker, state Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) are all weighing individual campaigns, it added.
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In the newly open AG's race:
Trump-Russia pundit may run for Illinois AG post
A former federal prosecutor who’s become a prominent media pundit about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and White House is considering a run for office.
Renato Mariotti, who spent nearly 10 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, said Thursday he’s mulling a bid for Illinois attorney general.
“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about and considering very carefully,” he told POLITICO. “I’m trying to come up with a decision on [it] in the next week or two.”
The current attorney general, four-term Democrat Lisa Madigan, surprised the Illinois political establishment two weeks ago by announcing that she does not plan to run for re-election next year.
Mariotti, who has picked up more than 43,000 Twitter followers for his threads explaining developments in the Mueller probe and whose commentary has been featured in POLITICO, The New York Times and elsewhere, said friends and associates began texting and calling to urge him to run as soon as Madigan made her announcement. Friends and fans have started a "Draft Renato" drive. He said he expects several others will enter the race.
Pawar drops out of Illinois governor's race
CHICAGO — In the race for Illinois governor, candidate Ameya Pawar was frequently described as an up-and-comer who had the indefinable star quality of a young Barack Obama. One thing he didn’t have: a boatload of cash.
Pawar exited the Democratic primary race for governor on Thursday — six months before the primary election — saying he couldn’t compete financially in what’s expected to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in the nation’s history.
It’s the latest reminder of the breakneck spending pace in the 2018 governor’s contest, an election that could cost more than a quarter-billion dollars when all the primary and general election spending is counted.
“We raised $828k from 2,526 donors; that is amazing. But as you know, the race for Illinois governor will set a record as the costliest race in American history,” Pawar said in a statement ending his campaign Thursday. “For democracy’s sake, I hope we see this as a troubling trend.” ...
In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, billionaire J.B. Pritzker has so far dominated party and union endorsements and has for months flooded the airwaves with ads. ...
Pritzker gave his campaign another $7 million this week alone, for a total of $28.2 million since March. At one point, a breakdown of Pritzker’s numbers suggested he was spending the equivalent $120,000 a day of his own money.