Murphy joins a slew of announced and not-yet-announced candidates on the GOP side, including fellow senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, DuPage State's Attorney Joe Birkett and businessman Adam Andrzejewski of Hinsdale.
Oh, and maybe another fellow, Congressman Mark Kirk.
Does Murphy's entrance into the primary battle mean anything, or is it way too early to tell? Is Murphy serious or running to build name recognition for later? And what of Kirk? Do more candidates in the primary help him or hurt him if he runs for guv? Would Kirk's entry clear out many of the amateurs?
Consider this a 2010 guv open thread.
UPDATE: The Daily Herald put a short blurb up on the Murphy announcement on its website this morning, which appears to be the AP article, but I don't see an accreditation.