Well, if you didn't like Beth Coulson, Jim Koch, Dick Green or Bill Cadigan, it appears that GOP voters in the 10th District may have another choice soon, as former Edgar administration official Renee Thaler is considering throwing her hat into the ring for the chance to replace Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Here's Thaler's press release, which I got hold of a little early:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2009
Former Edgar Official Looking at 10th District Congressional Seat
NORTHBROOK, IL – Former Edgar Administration official Renee Thaler today announced that she will form an exploratory committee to consider entering the GOP primary for the 2010 election to replace Congressman Mark Kirk in Illinois’ 10th District.
Thaler, a life long resident of the district, served in Governor Jim Edgar’s first administration as Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The owner of a small business in Northfield, IL, Thaler also has been a political activist in the 10th District and, for the last 15 years, a public health care advocate for patients of new emerging diseases.
“I am considering this race because the time has come to end the reckless spending in Washington. The Federal debt continues to climb to an estimated $11 trillion dollars, and if that isn’t bad enough, together with our nation’s unfunded liabilities, we owe nearly $62 trillion dollars,” said Thaler. “That’s more than $200,000 for every man, woman and child in America and it’s growing every day. As a small business owner, I know we cannot afford to continue burdening government with so much debt. It’s time to cut up the government’s credit card and throw it away for good.”
Thaler also expressed concern about the current state of health care in the U.S., including recently proposed legislation to give government more control.
“I support reasonable health care reform. However, we cannot let government take over one-sixth of our current economy and add another trillion dollars to our national debt,” said Thaler. “As a health care advocate, I have worked for common sense changes in the past, and will strongly support legislation to ensure we protect the doctor-patient relationship, achieve meaningful lawsuit reform, and promote health care insurance pooling programs to make it cheaper for small businesses to purchase insurance.”
“As I consider this race, I promise to represent the same tradition of moderate, thoughtful and independent leadership that has served the 10th District so well.”