I hate to be too breathless about these things, but I can't resist passing along the latest I heard about Jim Edgar's back-and-forth
rumininations about running for governor. Not solid enough for a news story, but it's great for Internet gossip.
As of late last week, Edgar was still receiving issue briefings in preparation for a possible campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. But (forgive this Woodward-style reporting based on an anonymous source)a would-be Edgar staffer said as Edgar gets closer to saying yes, wife Brenda is stepping up her opposition to him running. Also, the source indicated, Edgar's son, who lives in Colorado, also is vehemently opposed to dad getting back in politics.
It's a tribute to Edgar's interest in running that he's still weighing the factors in the face of such reported intense family opposition. But it's hard for me to believe that in the end he'll ignore the feelings of those closest to him. That also was my source's opinion. A Edgar candidacy, as exciting as it might be for Illinois politics and as necessary as it may be to get the state back on track, still falls under the category of "has to be seen to be believed."
By the way, the same source indicates that the word out of the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago is that Gov. Blagojevich can expect two more of his close associates to be indicted in connection with the extortion schemes to raise campaign funds at the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
If that prediction proves accurate, that means the governor will be in deep scandal trouble next year when he's in the middle of a re-election campaign. Depending on the timing of the forthcoming indictments, it also could mean a Democrat could step forward by the December filing period to challenge in the March primary. A primary challenge, however, is a real longshot because filing time is only three months away, and federal probes move at a SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWW pace.