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Topinka Fights Insider Label

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“Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka continues to draw fire from other Republicans running for Governor over what they call her ""insider"" status.

Now Springfield has stepped squarely towards her corner.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross was the marquee name in a group of about 20 Republican state representatives endorsing Topinka for Governor.

That adds a new layer to one of the back-and-forth’s in the Republican primary, in which the treasurer’s opponents have tried to characterize her as a ""political insider.""

Topinka has tried to sell her time in Springfield and her relationships with lawmakers as an asset, which is also the angle Representative Cross took today.

One of Topinka’s opponents, businessman Ron Gidwitz, called the move another sign of her insider status.

The last polls showed Topinka with a commanding lead over the five candidate field.

There haven’t been any recent polls to show how the race is developing.

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