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Who Does Quinn Want as His Running Mate?

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Who Does Quinn Want as His Running Mate?

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn after he addressed the media about the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nomination (AP)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn won’t say who he wants to be his running mate. The spot’s open after Democratic nominee Scott Lee Cohen withdrew following intense scrutiny of his personal life.

The slate of statewide Democratic candidates this year are all from the Chicago area. Quinn says he’s not looking for a running mate to give geographic balance to the ticket.

QUINN: We should analyze their positions more than their address.

And he doesn’t want to consider only candidates who ran in the primary.

QUINN: The primary’s over. The primary took place. It’s over.

The governor issued an open call for applicants.

QUINN: anyone who aspires should have a chance to make their points.

One person not in the running is Comptroller Dan Hynes, who Quinn beat after a brutal primary. The governor says he met with Hynes Monday.

QUINN: He told me that he’s not interested in running for lieutenant governor.

That’s confirmed by a spokesman for Hynes. The Democratic State Central Committee’s 38 members will have the final say. They legally have until late August to pick. Quinn says he hopes the process is prompt but thorough.

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