This morning, many of us Illinois Republicans will attend the Unity Breakfast in downtown Chicago, which was a fabulous idea, I think. I believe it's being sponsored by the State GOP.
We will all need to pull together to defeat the Democrats in the November mid-term elections, especially in key races like Governor and U.S. Senate. While the winner in the Senate race was clear, with Congressman Mark winning almost 60% of the vote in a crowded field (who will face banker Alexi Giannoulias in the fall), the Governor race is still hanging in the balance on both sides. Given that we seem to expect a lot of rancor on the Dem side, with Comptroller Dan Hynes vowing to fight to the fullest to ensure that every last vote is counted (twice? after all, this is Chicago) to see if he can somehow eke out a win from Governor Quinn, I am hopeful we will be able to avoid a cantankerous battle between state senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, who are also quite close in the vote totals. It would have been great if the GOP had a clear winner to rally behind while the Dems continue to snipe at each other, primary style, but again, we need to keep in mind who are we united against, and the importance of getting back the governor's mansion (especially considering the prospect of redistricting looming on the horizon).
With Dan Seals being the Dem winner in IL-10 (by a very slim margin over Julie Hamos), we're going to have to pull out all the stops to get Bob Dold elected to the House so the GOP doesn't lose this seat, but I'm sure we, and he, are up to the task.
I hope to see many of you at the breakfast, and we'll try to snap some pictures.