How about this for a GOP ticket?
Remember all the complaining three years ago about how out of balance the Illinois Democratic Party slate was -- nothing but Chicagoans from governor to treasurer?
Well, it's possible that the Illinois Republican Party ticket next year could be almost as out of balance -- the other way.
Now that Sen. Steve Rauschenberger is out of the governor's race, and has said he'll serve as lieutenant governor only if her's paired with Ron Gidwitz as governor, it's possible -- though not likely -- that the GOP ticket could be made up of four downstaters and just two suburbanites (and no one from Chicago).
Here's how that could play out:
For governor Bill Brady, Bloomington
For lieutenant governor, Raymond Poe, Springfield
For attorney general, Stewart Umholtz, Tazewell County
For secretary of state, Dan Rutherford, Chenoa
For treasurer, Christine Radogno, LaGrange
For comptroller, Carole Pankau, Roselle
I'm all for downstaters on the ticket, but if the GOP comes up with a team that is 67 percent downstaters -- where there is less than a third of the statewide vote -- they're in trouble.
This will become an issue in the next three months. Expect the Gidwitz/Rauschenberger ticket to hammer home the message of geographic balance.