Outgoing Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., didn’t rule out a statewide bid in 2014 in a recent interview with The Daily Herald.
Last week, Walsh, one of the House GOP’s most outspoken and controversial conservatives, lost re-election to Democratic Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth. Walsh had this to say to the suburban Chicago newspaper when asked about a gubernatorial bid in 2014:
“Am I going to do something? Oh gosh, I don’t know,” he said. “People approach me every day and ask, ‘Walsh, are you going to run for the governor? Are you going to run for Senate?’ I want to do my part to lead a movement to present a vision to this. I’d rather go down fighting. Democrats have ruined this state but they’ve been able to do it because the Republicans have allowed them to.”
Walsh is likely to have company in the gubernatorial primary. Several Illinois Republicans are looking at the race to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, including Walsh’s colleague, Rep. Aaron Schock.
Last week, one top Illinois Republican mentioned outgoing Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., as a contender for Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s seat in 2014. Dold lost re-election in his heavily Democratic, north suburban Chicago district by a single point.
It’s unclear if Durbin intends to seek a fourth term. He has not issued a formal statement yet about his plans.
Roll Call rates the Illinois Senate race as Safe Democratic, but that could change pending Durbin’s decision.