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WATCH: As Richard Irvin Prepares to Enter IL GOP Primary, New DGA Video Highlights His Support for Gov. JB Pritzker

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Today, ahead of Richard Irvin’s campaign launch, the DGA launched a new video highlighting Irvin’s long record of praising Gov. JB Pritzker.

Watch the new video here

As Aurora Mayor, Irvin lauded Gov. Pritzker as “a great friend, a great leader, who has guided our state with professionalism and compassion throughout this entire pandemic.”

Irvin celebrated Gov. Pritzker’s achievements and acknowledged the great progress Illinois has made under his leadership. He praised the Democratic governor’s “proven experience in technology and innovation” and thanked him “for making Black and brown communities a priority for health care equity.”

Now, Irvin is attempting a complete 180, entering the Illinois GOP primary with the backing of billionaire Ken Griffin in an attempt to reboot the catastrophic governorship of Bruce Rauner. Griffin, who supported Rauner as he ruined Illinois’ economy, is pushing the Illinois Republican Party to back Irvin, “opening the door to further divisions within the state GOP,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Richard Irvin was Gov. JB Pritzker’s biggest fan until he was against him,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Now, it looks like he’s Ken Griffin’s biggest fan. Ahead of his campaign launch, Irvin can reflect on his own words as a reminder of how Gov. Pritzker has delivered for Illinois.”