Governors rally for Brady, Obama stumps for Dems

October 27, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates in Illinois are hoping some national political figures can boost their campaigns. Republican governors from three southern states are stumping for State Sen. Bill Brady Wednesday. Alan Gitelson teaches political science at Loyola University. He said the rallies aren't meant to sway voters.

"Three governors from outside the state are not going to change the minds of any voter - or very few voters - as to how they're going to behave come election day," Gitelson said. "What it does is draw attention to the candidate."

Gitelson said bringing popular politicians from outside the state draws the eye of the media and gets candidates on TV. On Saturday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a rally for Democrats in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Former President Bill Clinton was in town for the Democrats yesterday.