Chicago Democrat Edwin Eisendrath told me today that he's going to challenge Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the March 21 Democratic Party primary.
"I'm going to be filing my nominating papers sometime next week," the 47-year-old Chicago lawyer said Friday. "This is for all of those people who aren't willing to wait another four years for this guy to clean up what he said he was going to clean up."
There's no doubt that Eisendrath is the longest of long-shots, but he's also a way for disenchanted Democrats to stay "on the range," and he's insurance for the party if Blagojevich runs into any legal or other problems in the next four months.
Eisendrath, whose wife is the former Jennifer Schulze -- an Edgar County native and a former reporter at WCIA-TV -- says he has backers in East Central Illinois.
"I've got a lot of support in Champaign County among the University of Illinois professors," said Eisendrath, who is vice president for academic affaisr at Kendall College. "And we collected a lot of signatures in Edgar and Vermilion counties."
He said he didn't know when he would be campaigning in Champaign-Urbana, although he said he planned to be in Carbondale this weekend.
The filing period for the March 21 primary begins Monday.