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Quinn backed over Daley by Reps. Gutierrez, Davis in Illinois governor Democratic primary
WASHINGTON—Gov. Pat Quinn, facing a Democratic primary challenge from former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, on Thursday picked up the backing of Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Danny Davis, endorsers with followings among Hispanic and African American voters.
The rest of the Illinois Democratic delegation here I contacted on Thursday—including Sen. Dick Durbin—are not taking sides at this early stage in the 2014 primary, heating up with the news last week that Attorney General Lisa Madigan would not be jumping into the contest.
“I was staying out of it when there were three,” Rep. Mike Quigley told me. “I never do it (endorse) before petitions are filed.”
Gutierrez, who is part of the bi-partisan House “Group of Seven” negotiating an immigration legislative package here said Quinn’s help on immigration issues was a factor in his decision.
“I don’t believe that I am taking sides when I support the incumbent governor of the State of Illinois,” Gutierrez told me. “The incumbent governor of Illinois has a very rich history of support for issues that are very dear and important to me. Amongst those issues are immigration, but also education and economic development.
“So I have yet to find an occasion where I have asked the governor to help our immigrant community of Eastern Europeans and Asians, Mexicans and African Americans which he has not said yes. He has always been clear and unequivocally on our side. I mean you know something? He is a leader, he is a national leader on this, so I am going to support him.”
Davis, in backing Quinn told me, “I represent the governor, he lives in my congressional district. So one could not expect me to do anything but support one of my constitutients.”
Rep. Bobby Rush told me at some point he will make an endorsement—later on, after he hears more about plans to curb urban violence and create jobs.
The others are staying out the brewing intra-party battle.
“I have friends on both sides,” said Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who has worked with Quinn and Daley in her stints in state government and the Obama administration.
Rep. Cheri Bustos told me she also is friends with Quinn and Daley and was not taking sides because “I know them both.” She also will probably be facing a 2014 general re-election battle and has little to gain in picking one over the other
Durbin, who will be leading the 2014 Illinois Democratic ticket with the Democratic gubernatorial nominee is neutral, as is Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Brad Schneider, Rep. Dan Lipinski, Rep. Bill Foster and Rep. Robin Kelly—in addition to the members mentioned above. (Will update with Rep. Bill Enyart).
The Illinois primary is March 18, 2014. The first day to circulate nominating petitions is Sept. 3; deadline for filing is Dec. 2.
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