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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Wants A 'Traditional First Family' In Springfield

By aaroncynic in News on Jun 6, 2013 9:00PM

State Sen. Kirk Dillard
State Senator Kirk Dillard plans to throw his hat into the GOP gubernatorial ring once again. The Daily Herald reports Dillard will announce plans to run for governor in 2014 after he takes a glance at his children’s summer schedule. The Senator just barely lost the GOP nomination in 2010 to Bill Brady, who also might make another attempt to run.

Dillard’s announcement foreshadows yet another election cycle packed with plenty of braying from conservatives about social issues. On a call with WLS last week, he took a shot at state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who recently announced his candidacy, saying

“I really believe just for our state’s image and for the way a governor thinks, you need a first family in a traditional sense back in the governor’s residence.”

Both Rutherford and present Governor Pat Quinn are bachelors, something that WLS's Bill Cameron made sure to note, presumably as to not appear as singling out potential gay candidates. Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine however, perhaps puts it best by saying: “Kirk Dillard 2014: If You're Not a Breeder, You're Not a Leader.”