The Associated Press is reporting that DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett is considering running for governor next year. The AP says that Birkett "narrowly lost" to Lisa Madigan in the race for attorney general in 2002.
He lost by 114,946 votes! He got 47 percent. Hard to call that a nail-biter.
They like Birkett in his home county, as they like all Republicans in DuPage County. But take away the 94,941-vote plurality Birkett had in DuPage and he would have lost to Madigan statewide by 209,887 votes. Hard to call him a guy with broad appeal.
If he were to be the Republican candidate for governor in 2006, you think the results would be any different than they were in 2002 -- when the Republican candidate for governor also was a former DuPage County state's attorney? That guy, Jim Ryan, lost by 252,080 votes.
Republicans don't need another gubernatorial candidates who'd spend half his time talking about the botched investigation and prosecutions associated with the 1983 murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville.