Quinn: Hynes Not Interested in Lt. Gov. Job

There's no shortage of other interested parties

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Monday, Feb 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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Someone is going to replace Scott Lee Cohen as the Demcratic Lt. Governor candidate from Illinois, but it won't be Dan Hynes.

"I met with Comptroller Hynes this morning and he's not interested in running," Governor Pat Quinn said Monday.

It's no surprise. Hynes and Quinn fought a bitter and often contentious primary battle that put them at odds on policy and personality. It would be difficult to settle their differences in time to present a unified ticket.

A few names have surfaced as a replacement, however.

Art Turner, the West Side state representative, wants in. So do failed candidates Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline) and electrician Thomas Castillo, according to the Sun-Times.

Deputy Treasurer Raja Kirhsnamoorthi, is also said to have interested, and says he'd bring a ethnic and regional appeal to the ticket. Veterans Affairs official Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Wilmette) have also been mentioned, according to the Sun-Times

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Quinn says he's open minded about a replacement.

 

"I was sympathetic to Scott Lee Cohen last night; we have to have a heart. But its important to move on," Quinn said. "I think its important that anyone interested in replacing him speak up. I believe in teamwork."

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