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DGA Video and Statement on Richard Irvin’s Entrance to Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Primary

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Today, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced his entrance into the Illinois GOP gubernatorial primary. The DGA released a video highlighting Irvin’s record of praising Gov. JB Pritzker throughout the governor’s time in office and DGA Executive Director Noam Lee released the following statement:

“Richard Irvin’s entrance into an already chaotic field crams one more candidate into the clown car that is the Illinois GOP gubernatorial primary. But if Irvin, and his anointer, billionaire Ken Griffin, expect Irvin to easily be the last clown standing, they’re in for a rude awakening. 

“Expect to see a mad scramble as Irvin tries to walk back his years of praise for Gov. JB Pritzker’s leadership — something we thank the mayor for — as well as a double down on his anti-choice views as he tries to prove his far-right bonafides. And we’re sure Griffin will waste no time filling in the other gaping holes in Irvin’s platform as Griffin tries to make the Irvin campaign a vehicle to drag Illinois back to the disastrous days of the Rauner administration. 

“As Irvin has said himself, Gov. JB Pritzker has been a proven leader for the state of Illinois. Pritzker has increased the minimum wage, launched the largest infrastructure project in state history, made college more affordable, and expanded early childhood education, all while leading the state through an unprecedented global pandemic.”