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Dan Hynes not thinking about rematch with Quinn

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Former Il. Comptroller Dan Hynes came within an eyelash of defeating Pat Quinn in the 2010 Democratic primary for governor, but he's not considering a re-run.

Quinn's low approval ratings and his ugly rift with organized labor have some Democrats buzzing about a primary challenge. But, Hynes said Wednesday you can count him out.

"I've not given thought to that at all. Right now, my thoughts are on re-electing the President," Hynes said before the Il. delegation's breakfast.

"I've got a young family and a new job with Ariel Investments. So, that's pretty much my focus."

Asked if he has ruled out a race completely, Hynes said, "Yeah. I'm not really thinking about that....I don't have any political plans right now."

But, that doesn't mean that Quinn will get a pass. Hynes warned the govenor to make amends with labor or risk a damaging backlash.

"We have to recognize that organized labor is a critical ally of the Democratic party. We have some opportunities to, not only strengthen that alliance, but create jobs for our people. And he would be advised to listen" to them.

Quinn's low approval ratings and his ugly rift with organized labor have some Democrats buzzing about a primary challenge. But, Hynes said Wednesday you can count him out.

"I've not given thought to that at all. Right now, my thoughts are on re-electing the President," Hynes said before the Il. delegation's breakfast.

"I've got a young family and a new job with Ariel Investments. So, that's pretty much my focus."

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