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Kasich Lures Radogno as Illinois Campaign Chair; New Poll Shows Dip

Kasich Lures Radogno as Illinois Campaign Chair; New Poll Shows Dip

(Chicago) – Ohio GOP Governor John Kasich announced on Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno will chair his Illinois presidential campaign.

Radogno, who is from Lemont and who has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, praised Kasich for what she described as Ohio’s economic “turn around.”

“Before he took office, Ohio had lost more than 350,000 private sector jobs, faced an $8 billion projected budget hole, and businesses were fleeing to other states,” said Radogno. “In four short years, he helped turn his state around, and under his watch, Ohio has created 347,000 private sector jobs, amassed a $2 billion surplus, and by cutting taxes by more than $5 billion, Ohio became business-friendly again.”

Meanwhile, in a new Fox News TV national poll published on Wednesday, Kasich has slipped from 4% of support among GOP voters nationally in a September Fox survey to just 1% in October.

Additionally, an October 7 Quinnipiac poll found that Kasich was trailing in his home state of Ohio. According to the survey, 23 percent of Ohio Republicans back Donald Trump; 18 percent choose retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. Kasich holds the third place spot with 13 percent, despite earning an overall 62% approval rating from Ohio voters.

Kasich, much like Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, had sought to curb collective bargaining rights for organized labor at the start of his term, but he saw his popularity plummet to 36% during his first year and voters rejected his anti-labor push in a statewide referendum, 61-39%. Kasich abandoned his collective bargaining push and later made peace with organized labor.

In addition to Radogno, Kasich has won support from eighteen Illinois Republican officeholders and party officials, including: seven current state legislators; the former Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady; three county party chairmen; and current and former public officials from across the state.

Kasich’s official GOP supporters in Illinois are:

Chairman:

  • Christine Radogno, Republican Leader, Illinois Senate

Co-Chairs:

  • Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board Chairman
  • Dave Syverson, State Senate, 35th District
  • Ed Sullivan, House of Representatives, 51st Distrct
  • David Harris, House of Representatives, 53rd District
  • Ron Sandack, House of Representatives, 81st District
  • Tom Demmer, House of Representatives, 90th District
  • Randy Frese, House of Representatives, 94th District
  • Jim Schultz, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Chairman, Citizens for Rauner
  • Pat Brady, former Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party
  • Sean Morrison, Cook County Commissioner, 17th District

Leadership Team:

  • Aaron Del Mar, Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party
  • Seth McMillan, Chairman of the Christian County Republican Party
  • Jerome Groniger, Chairman of the Coles County Republican Party
  • Liz Gorman, former Cook County Commissioner, 17th District
  • Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism, Ward 6 Alderman
  • John Farney, Champaign County Auditor
  • Kristy Stephenson, City Treasurer, City of Metropolis

“I can’t imagine a more experienced, talented team, and I am humbled by this incredible show of support,” said Kasich.“I llinois is a very important state, and under the direction of this group of respected and influential leaders, I know we are going to be very competitive here.”

House Minority Lead Jim Durkin of Western Springs had served as the Illinois chairman of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s now defunct presidential campaign.

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