Dillard, Brady, Rutherford talk future plans


SPRINGFIELD -- The three losing Republican primary candidates for Governor talk future plans:

Kirk Dillard
State Sen. Kirk Dillard says he's looking forward to spending time with his family and at his law practice after narrowly losing to Bruce Rauner in Tuesday's GOP primary election.

The Republican from Hinsdale ruled out a third run for governor, but says "never say never" when asked if he would seek another office. He argues that his campaign's reaching out for union support offers the best model for the state Republican party going forward.

Dillard's senate term expires at the end of this year. He's spent 20 years in the chamber, and worked on the staffs of Govs. Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson.

Bill Brady
Bill Brady hasn't said much yet about what he might do next after losing in the Republican primary for governor.

The state senator still has two years left on his term, and says he'll focus on that job first.

He is still involved in his family's real estate development business. And they are also are opening a Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Florida where they've long had a condominium.

But Brady can't yet say whether he might make a fourth bid for governor or a run at another higher office.

His wife, Nancy Brady, says that after he lost to Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 she knew right away he would run again.

This time she says she has no idea.

Dan Rutherford
State treasurer Dan Rutherford says it's business as usual for the his office after he lost a bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

But Rutherford must also deal with a federal lawsuit. An ex-employee claims Rutherford sexually harassed him and forced him to do political work on state time. Rutherford denies the charges.

Rutherford says it's too early to say whether he'll run for office in the future. But he says he will remain active.

Steve Kim was Rutherford's running mate in the campaign. He says the way Rutherford handled the lawsuit indicates to him that Rutherford will make a comeback.

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