No Decision Yet on Whether Schock Will Run for Governor
Many in Illinois are thinking ahead to the governor's race in 2014.
Congressman Aaron Schock said he's reflecting on where he can do the most good.
The central Illinois Republican said he hasn't made a decision yet on whether he'll run for governor next year.
There's still time for potential candidates to make that decision. Major-party candidates won't file their intent to run with the Illinois State Board of Elections until November 25.
But Schock indicated it's a decision he'll make in the next six months.
"If I decide I can do the most good and be successful at running for governor, then I'll make that decision," Schock said. "If I think I can do the most good in Congress, I'll seek re-election to this seat."
Schock reflects on where Republicans went wrong in the November election. The party lost five Congressional seats. Democrats hold a super-majority in both the state House and Senate.
"I think the pickups by Democrats were a function of two things," Schock said. "One, a very popular president from his home state winning re-election, and two, the fruits of victory from the governor's race in 2010, where because Democrats control the House, Senate, governor's office, they drew very attractive maps."
Schock said redistricting reform is needed, along with a Republican in the governor's office.
"Making districts competitive will not only make things more fair politically, but I think you get better policy when you don't have hyper-partisan members of the legislature or Congress," he said.
In order to win the governor's seat, Schock said his party needs to communicate better with young people and minorities.
"If our party isn't running things on Spanish TV or visiting different parts of the state, we're probably not communicating with these demographics that are all voting," he said.
Political experts expect a large pool of candidates for the Republican primary.
The race is already growing heated before any have even filed their intent to run. Last week, Schock warned former GOP candidates--state senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard--not to waste their time attempting another run for governor.
"I can't tell anybody not to run, I'm not going to tell anybody not to run," Schock said. "But, I think if people continue to run and come up short, that's the definition of insanity."
A House Ethics Committee is investigating the 31-year-old congressman, in regards to campaign money involving a Super PAC.
Schock said it's a frustrating process, and he doesn't believe he did anything wrong. He says he's confident the committee will find the same thing.
The ethics committee hasn't said yet when it'll issue a recommendation regarding the investigation.