Former Sen. Adlai Stevenson endorsed Comptroller Dan Hynes for Illinois governor on Wednesday, where he faces Gov. Quinn in the Illinois Democratic primary. Not a mention about Gov. Quinn in his statement. Stevenson ran twice for governor, never made it.
Below, release from Hynes....
Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III Endorses Dan Hynes for Governor
Statesman, champion of progressive causes to co-chair campaign
CHICAGO - Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III today endorsed Dan Hynes for Governor of Illinois, making the following statement:
"I am proud to support Dan Hynes for Governor because he is the right man for the moment. The challenges we face are many, and we need a strong leader with a clear vision for the future of our state. The first step is to address the budget, which is nothing short of a crisis. Dan's record of strong fiscal management speaks for itself, and he is uniquely qualified to put our state finances back on track. Furthermore, I have come to know Dan as a man of integrity, and a leader with the courage of his convictions. These are progressive principles that I share, and I am proud to lend the Stevenson family name, and all it stands for, to the effort to elect Dan Hynes the next Governor of Illinois."
Adlai E. Stevenson III represented Illinois in the United States Senate, and was twice the Democratic nominee for governor. His father, Adlai E. Stevenson II, was a former Illinois Governor and two-time Democratic Presidential nominee.
"I am honored to have Senator Stevenson's support," Hynes said. "The name Adlai Stevenson has special resonance across Illinois, representing an undying commitment to progressive principles and basic decency. Senator Stevenson is a proud heir to that legacy, and his contributions to Illinois are immeasurable. I am tremendously proud to have him involved in our campaign."
Senator Stevenson and Hynes toured the campaign office and spent some time reaching out to undecided voters Wednesday morning. Senator Stevenson will be engaging the online community by posting a reflection of his endorsement on Huffingtonpost.com later today.
A lawyer and Marine Corps veteran of Korea, Stevenson served his state in the Illinois House of Representatives, as State Treasurer, in the U.S. Senate from 1970 to 1981, and twice ran for governor. He will serve as a co-chairman for Hynes' campaign for governor.
Full statement of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III:
I am proud to support Dan Hynes for Governor of Illinois.
Dan is the right man for the moment, and can restore public confidence in the integrity and competence of state government. His integrity is undoubted. His judgment and competence are demonstrated by his public service.
I know of no better way to continue a tradition of service to Illinois than to support Dan for governor and help him restore the politics, little remembered, that made the Land of Lincoln a great state. Today it is an object of national mockery.
The most immediate challenge facing Illinois is its fiscal crisis, a reflection of its political inadequacies. I am supporting Dan because no one better understands - or has faced more forthrightly - that crisis. Over 10 years as Illinois Comptroller, Dan has sounded the warning bell of the approaching storm and proposed measures to prevent it. In his office, he demonstrated the courage to act. He cut expenditures of the Comptroller's office under his control to a level below where they were in 2001. Since 2002, the Comptroller's office staff has been cut by 25 percent.
I am not supporting Dan in order to oppose anyone else. I support him because Illinois can and must do better. Dan has demonstrated the character and competence of a true Illinois Governor. He commands respect within state government. He can win the confidence of the people in their state government. He can win the election by being Dan Hynes.
I urge all Illinoisans to support Dan. I know how challenging politics in America has become for the incorruptible candidate. It will be a tough campaign. Democracy is fragile. But the hour is late. The people of Illinois may be ready - tired of the posturing and theatrics and money - ready for a public servant: Dan Hynes.
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