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Dillard: Too Early to Bash Other Gov. Candidates
State Sen. Kirk Dillard is firing back at recent comments made by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
As we first told you Thursday, Schock, who is mulling a run for governor, warned former GOP candidates who ran and lost the race not to waste their time attempting another run.
Dillard said Schock's comments are premature, adding it is too early to be bashing other candidates.
Dillard said those running need to focus on fiscal issues, the economy, and Democrats, not each other.
Tonight, political experts said not to expect a small pool of candidates for the upcoming primary.
"Where we're going is a multi-candidate, pretty contentious primary, even though the Republicans would like to settle on a candidate and clear the field and focus on the general election," UIS political studies professor Kent Redfield said. "It doesn't look like it's going to play out that way."
We also reached out to state Sen. Bill Brady, who said Schock already has his hands full with the negative ads running on TV and radio throughout his district, and he should be focused on keeping his congressional seat.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who is also rumored to seek the nomination, declined to comment.