Durbin backs Goetten over Gill
DECATUR -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Saturday endorsed Matt Goetten over David Gill in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary election.
Goetten, 40, is state's attorney in Greene County, southwest of Durbin's Springfield home. Gill, a Bloomington emergency room physician, has run for Congress on three occasions and lost all three times to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.
Johnson will be the likely Republican candidate this time as well.
Durbin, who once represented much of the 13th District in the House before he was elected to the Senate, earlier had indicated his support for Goetten by sending $5,000 to the candidate through his own political action committee.
"I know Matt Goetten. I've known his family for years, and worked with them," Durbin said at a Decatur union hall, one of three locations where he made appearances with Goetten on Saturday. "I can tell you that he comes from a good, strong family, a working family, that has dedicated much of their lives to public service."
Durbin said he would not say anything negative about Gill.
"You're not going to hear a negative word from me about Dr. Gill," he said. "I will just tell you, though, that I've known Matt and I know what he's accomplished. I just believe thet he will be the most effective Democratic challenger to Congressman Johnson, who is running in this newly configured district."
The new 13th District arcs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast, through Decatur, parts of Bloomington-Normal and Springfield to the Collinsville and Edwardsville areas in southwestern Illinois.