U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock said he's not telling other politicians what to do as he considers a run for governor. (WJBC file photo)
By Dave Dahl
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) is blaming overzealous headline writers for making his recent remarks appear to be calling on other Republicans to drop out of the gubernatorial race.
Schock said this week he has not determined his political plans for next year, but he won't tell other politicians what to do.
“The newspaper reporter said, ‘Do you think people who lost elections should continue to run?’” Schock explained. “And I said, ‘Well, I can’t tell anybody not to run, but to me, that’s the definition of insanity: You keep doing the same things and expect different results.’”
The 2014 campaign could include at least two of 2010’s failed candidates, State Sens. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale).
Brady tells WJBC he is still considering a run and referenced an internal survey that Brady said suggested he has solid support among GOP members.
Schock refused to blame Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady (not related to Bill Brady) for the state party’s woes, saying a combination of a popular president and an unfavorable remap was a bad one for Illinois Republicans in 2021.
Pat Brady is also taking heat for coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. Schock, who cites his “upbringing” as a reason to oppose gay marriage but chose not to elaborate, told reporters on Friday the state and nation have bigger problems than to make same-sex marriage a litmus test in 2014.