I think it’s safe to say they’re definitely not lining up behind Keyes. In today’s Pantagraph (from Bloomington-Normal) was this report chock full o’ good quotes about what Republicans are saying about their candidate:
- “I’ve got some people who are not real happy that he is from out of state,” said state Sen. Dan Rutherford, a Chenoa Republican. “My response is that it’s done and that we have to move on.”
- “I know that there are those who are disturbed by the fact that he’s not from Illinois,” added McLean County Republican Party Chairman Mike O’Grady of Hudson. “He’s ultra-conservative. There’s not a lot of room for the moderates in there. That will be a struggle in some cases,” added O’Grady.
- State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said, “Obviously the difficulty is that he is not a resident of Illinois.”
- “A lot of the mainline Republicans in our area would like to have seen somebody who isn’t so far right,” said state Sen. Dale Risinger, R-Peoria. “We’re going to support Alan Keyes and hope for the best.”
- Former U.S. Senate candidate Jim Durkin, a Westchester Republican who lost to incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin in 2002: “I hope he listens more and talks about issues that are going to unite the party instead of divide the party.”
I’m submitting this in the hopes that the sheer quantity of quotes overwhelms Josh in his quest to find the weakest endorsement of Keyes by a state Republican.