CHICAGO (AP) — A San Francisco venture capitalist with nearly $11 million in campaign contributions became the latest Republican Thursday to announce a run for the chance to unseat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2022.
"This fight it will not stop, I promise you, until this era in Illinois of high taxes, crime, corruption comes to an end," Sullivan, of Petersburg in central Illinois, says in the video.
Most of the 37-year-old's nearly $11 million in campaign donations are from California contributors, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. All but $780,000 of those contributions from just four individual contributors based in California, since last Friday.
The heir to the Hyatt Hotel chain and multi-billionaire private equity investor was elected in 2018 after spending nearly $150 million of his own money. He ousted one-term Republican Bruce Rauner, a millionaire who spent $68 million of his personal fortune.
Pritzker told reporters Thursday that Republicans were "beating each other up" on the campaign trail.
"All I can say is that I'm focused on the issues that are really important to the people of Illinois," he said at an unrelated event in Chicago.
A couple weeks ago at the Illinois State Fair, we saw the results of the first unofficial Illinois Republican Primary "Corn Poll". Sullivan was not yet in the primary race.
Potential Illinois voters were given the option to put corn in a jar representing their favorite candidate for governor, and businessman Gary Rabine was named the winner.
“The results, of course, are not scientific but a win is a win,” the Rabine campaign said in a news release. “We are building momentum every day and we will continue our march to a victory not only in the primary but also against JB Pritzker. We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I am the outsider our state needs right now.”
State Sen. Darren Bailey declared the results of the unofficial Corn Poll, "FAKE NEWS at its finest."
Not sure who counted the “corn poll” but the photos we had sent to us from supporters on different days sure had us way ahead…we also had the most supporters at Republican Day. Anyone else trying to claim victory is FAKE NEWS at its finest. #twill pic.twitter.com/GjVoUtI6qp— Darren Bailey for Governor (@DarrenBaileyIL) September 7, 2021
Notes & References
Hinton, Rachel. “Casting Himself as an 'Outsider,' California Venture Capitalist Sullivan ENTERS GOP Race to Unseat Pritzker.” Times. Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2021. https://chicago.suntimes.com/elections/2021/9/9/22664522/california-venture-capitalist-jesse-sullivan-gop-race-pritzker-bailey-rabine-schimpf. ↩︎
O'connor, John. “Illinois Gov. Pritzker Announces 2022 Re-Election Bid.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, July 19, 2021. https://apnews.com/article/health-government-and-politics-elections-coronavirus-pandemic-illinois-cbf444f232c823bf2b0f86e1aa3c08d9. ↩︎
Craig, Denise. “First Unofficial Illinois Gubernatorial Poll Has Candidates Claiming Fake News.” WANE 15. WANE 15, September 8, 2021. https://www.wane.com/news/first-unofficial-illinois-gubernatorial-poll-has-candidates-claiming-fake-news/. ↩︎