Kirk still has not officially announced he will run for Senate (technically, he could announce he's running for Comptroller, after all, that's a "statewide" office, too), but I think we all see the writing on the wall. While we will neither confirm nor deny that suspicion, which many media outlets have presupposed, since Kirk has not made it official, we can say that Kirk did discuss the future of IL-10 on the call.
Kirk's view is that "the best candidates are the hungriest, and hardest working," and that's what he'll be looking for as the GOP field takes shape. Names of a few potential IL-10 candidates were mentioned specifically (and more or less offhandedly), but it was clear that no one currently enjoys even a tacit endorsement from Kirk at this point. No one close to the campaign or Kirk's staff has announced any intention to run, but even if they did, Kirk would likely follow the model of his mentor and former boss John Porter, and make him or her earn that endorsement, as Kirk had to, despite having had a close relationship with Porter.
As we who were around in 2000 all remember, Kirk emerged from a very crowded primary field to then beat the Democratic nominee, Lauren Beth Gash, who thought she was going to win right up until the day before the election. She still hasn't gotten over it.
For now, this is still Team America's "10th District Blog," so we will be taking a closer look at candidates on both the GOP and Dem side in the coming days and weeks, since it's at least clear Mark Kirk will not run for a sixth term in Congress.
But I'm looking for suggestions for a name that reflects a potential broader focus for this space. Any ideas, campers?