Monday, July 18, 2011

State Senator Dan Duffy Says "Game On" In 26th District

My friend and college fraternity brother Dan Duffy is running for re-election in the newly-remapped 26th District. I haven't run the voter numbers in the new district but at first glance, it looks even more Republican than the old one. I have little doubt that Dan is going to continue to shake up Springfield for a number of years to come.

I assume (although I have not seen an official announcement) that Ed Sullivan, Jr. will run for re-election in his state rep district, and I would further assume that newly-appointed Beaubien replacement Kent Gaffney will also run in the other legislative district, which two districts combined make up Duffy's senate district. Duffy was critical of Gaffney's appointment, so it will be interesting to see if Duffy supports Gaffney - especially in the event of a primary, which seems likely.

Here's his press release:

State Senator Dan Duffy running for Re-Election in 2012

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2011

Lake Barrington, Illinois - After sitting down and discussing future
options with his family, State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington)
has decided to run for re-election to the State Senate in 2012. “The
boundaries of the 26th district may change but my duty and message
remain clear,” said Duffy. “I have a vision for Illinois that puts us
FIRST – not last. We still have a lot of work to do to get Illinois
back on track.”

A small business owner, Senator Duffy originally ran for office in
2008 pledging to do everything he could to Encourage Job Growth, Fight
Corruption, and Keep Taxes Low. He has evaluated every piece of
legislation based on those three key principles. Senator Duffy has
been extremely active and outspoken in his efforts to promote a more
business friendly work environment, shine a light on the inner
workings of our state government - and he has fought hard against
excessive regulation, litigation and taxation. “I believe we need
more people with real-world experience doing their duty by serving in
our state government,” Duffy explained.

As the youngest of 11 children and the father of five kids, Senator
Duffy recognizes the impact critical legislation can have on our daily
life. As a small business owner for over 15 years, Duffy understands
– first hand - how to create jobs, balance a budget and live within
our means. “I believe it is imperative to continue promoting these
principles in the State Senate, “Duffy stated.

“It has been an honor to represent the people of the 26th district for
the past three years. I am very blessed to have the best volunteers,
donors and supporters in the state,” said Duffy. “I strive to be the
voice of ALL people and will continue to get others engaged in our
political process so we can put our state on a path to success.”


Anonymous said...

Looks like Duffy's one and done pledge has fallen prey to extra large ego. I remember his campaign rhetoric - the small business owner who despised the evils of career politicians. And, his promise to straighten out Springfield in short order and return to blissful Barrington. Apparently, four years of Duffy isn't sufficient time to neutralize forty years of Madigan. I had I hopes for this young man but his rare combination of arrogance and naivete neutered any chance of success. I believe the Democrats in the senate purposely drew Duffy a life time seat to keep their source of amusement around and keep a thoughtful, effective Republican from taking his place.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:14

Team America said...

Hey, everyone, that alarm bell that you hear going off is the Team America troll alert! Duh.

Pick a nickname, Anon 7:14 from Round Lake. And don't bother trying to impersonate a Republican next time.

Hey, is that you, Gentes?

Arie Friedman, M.D. said...

I suspect Dan is looking forward to a term in the majority.