GOP gubernatorial candidate will attend Christie event in Chicago
February 11th, 2014
11:27 AM ET
11 months ago

GOP gubernatorial candidate will attend Christie event in Chicago

Updated 3:23 p.m. ET

Chicago (CNN) - Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady will attend Gov. Chris Christie's only public event Tuesday with the Economic Club of Chicago, Brady's campaign manager Dan Egler told CNN.

Brady is one of several Republican candidates running for the chance to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn this year.

Brady was Quinn's GOP opponent in the last gubernatorial race, and Christie helped Brady in that campaign.

This comes as the Democratic National Committee and Democratic outside groups are pushing the notion of Christie as a pariah, since there were no public appearances with Republicans in Christie's trips to Florida last month and Texas last week.

The New Jersey governor, whose administration is embroiled in allegations of abuse of power and misuse of Superstorm Sandy relief funds, has a busy travel schedule for his second job as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Brady will be in a large crowd of what is expected to be more than a thousand people at the Economic Club event.

When reports emerged over the weekend that Republican candidates in Illinois weren't planning to appear with Christie, the RGA pointed out there were never any plans to make joint appearances because the RGA doesn't get involved in competitive primaries.

The RGA also says the private events in Chicago, as well as the events in Texas last week, are one-on-one meetings and are not designed to included candidates.

The GOP is defending 22 of the 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs this year, and Illinois is one where Republicans hope to play offense, as Quinn is considered a vulnerable Democrat.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Illinois • RGA
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  1. Sniffit

    And BTW, tom, the party who lost the popular vote gaining control of the House has only happened 3 other times in our history. It's gone both ways...2 in favor of each party. The other 3 went as follows:

    In 1914, Republicans won 5,871,614 popular votes to Democrats’ 5,793,581. But Democrats won 231 seats, Republicans won 193 seats, and minor parties won 11 seats.

    In 1942, Republicans won 14,256,160 popular votes to Democrats’ 13,014,467. But Democrats won 222 seats, Republicans won 209 seats, and minor parties won 4 seats.

    In 1952, Democrats won 28,693,013 popular votes to Republicans’ 28,413,596. But Republicans won 221 seats, Democrats won 213, and one independent won.

    Of note, EVERY other time it happened, the party who had a POTUS in the WH was the party that came out in control of the House despite losing the popular vote for the House (it was Wilson, FDR and Eisenhower). One might argue that the ridiculousness we've watched over the past several years highlights a very dangerous (albeit rare to occur) structural flaw in our government and elections processes.

    February 11, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "The Libs are trying to limit Christi in case he is the nominee for president. They did the same to Sarah Palin. "

    Are you suggesting that people knew Palin was on the short list and expected that McCain might pick her and had therefore been attacking her BEFORE he surprised everyone by picking her and that it was all a plot to reduce her viability as his running mate just in case she was picked? Your tinfoil hat is WAAAAAY too tight, pal.

    February 11, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    @Hector Slagg – Yack, Yack, Yack.
    Gerrymandering. In case some of you didn't know, the voting districts are re-drawn every 10 years after the Census to make them equal in population. And they have to be approved by the Justice dept. Go take a civics class!
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    LOL Hector baby.. the libs (as you like to call those who disagree with you) are all over Krispy because for once we have REAL political scandal.. not bridgegate, but misuse of Federal funds. He's killing his own chances...

    And yes, Hector, most of us educated folks (independents, libs, lefties, etc) are well aware of the Census and redistricting .. perhaps you should read @sniffit's response above about "false narrative" and the REAL reason the GOP regained control of the House in spite of getting fewer votes. That's the end game at the state level.. and boy do the voter sycophants spout it.

    February 11, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @hector slagg
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    I thought for fun I might try to go point for point on your bloviating right wing rant:
    "The Libs are trying to limit Christi in case he is the nominee for president." Yes I am following this because I would not like him in the white-house if it turns out he did something criminal. So you are saying you don't care if you vote for a criminal.

    "They think their way is best for the country." You are right. I will stop being a liberal and join a political group that thinks it does NOT know what is best for the country.

    "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions." OK – I knew religion in government would come in somewhere.

    "The latest big idea is Obama Care. " And this is responsible for the Christie scandal since that is what the article is about.

    February 11, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    it must be said wrote:

    "IMHO – we should not redistrict every 10 yrs. We make counties districts and we're done. You get what the voters want.. simple. elegant workable."

    simple and stupid.... population shifts? there are limited seats in the house so the districts must follow the population.
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    But, Republicans do not redraw districts to reflect population shifts. The populations of districts within a given state can vary by as much a factor of 100 or more. I think Democrats at least pretend to follow population shifts. Conservatives? LOL
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    By a factor of 100 or more? REALLY?????? Are you really saying that???? You're actually trying to say that WITHIN a state, there may be a congressional district with 100,000 residents and another congressional district with ten million (100,000 x 100)??? Or a district with 10,000 and another with a million (10,000 x 100)??? Go ahead – answer. Watching you wiggle out of this one will be amusing.

    February 11, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    "So you are saying you don't care if you vote for a criminal."(?)

    It has never stopped the republicants before.

    February 11, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Gerrymandering. In case some of you didn't know, the voting districts are re-drawn every 10 years after the Census to make them equal in population. And they have to be approved by the Justice dept. Go take a civics class!
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    Districts do not have to be approved by the Justice Department. The SCOTUS struck down that part of the Voting Rights Act.
    Please, do try to keep up in your Civics class.

    February 11, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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