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Friedman, Morrison Earn Heavy Duty Endorsements

Former Rep. John Porter crosses party lines to back Julie Morrison while Sen. Mark Kirk supports Arie Friedman.

West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison was endorsed Wednesday by former Rep. John Porter (R-Wilmette) while Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman got the backing of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) in their race to succeed retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest).

Porter represented the 10th Congressional District from 1980 until he retired in 2000 when he was succeeded by Kirk, who held the post until he was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Kirk’s successor, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) is behind Friedman.

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"Julie's approach to public service is the same as mine,” Porter said in a letter backing Morrison. “Her experience in serving the people of West Deerfield Township for the last 15 years as their supervisor, confirms her commitment to bring a moderate, bipartisan approach to service in Springfield."

Morrison, a Republican turned Democrat in 2008 when she felt the party left her, was part of Porter’s staff from 1992 to 2001.

Friedman, who grew up in a partisan Democratic household, developed more conservative beliefs in his adult life. Kirk believes Friedman is the right person to represent the 29th District in the Illinois General Assembly.

“Arie will be a voice of reason and common sense in broken Springfield," Kirk said in a news release from the Friedman campaign. "We need his leadership in the Senate to continue the fight for lower taxes, less borrowing and less spending.”

Walter White October 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
That's terrific. Sounds like a great guy. Now can he or you or maybe your brother tell me what his plan is regarding spending cuts, if he has one? "when he says he's going to do something, I trust that he will because he's never given me any reason to believe otherwise." Problem is, he hasn't said what he's going to do.
David Greenberg October 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Walter, I won't presume to speak for the Campaign. Again, if you have questions, you may wish to contact the campaign for answers.
Walter White October 26, 2012 at 08:41 PM
You have no clue, either. Thanks for being honest.
RB October 26, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Madigan? Have any of you seen the Republican Party lately and the right wing view that it takes to remain an elected one? Sure, Illinois needs Pension Reform but we don't need to help erase 60 years of gains made by society. I don't want more of these narrow minded new Republicans. If you think any of them or Moderate, think again....they will not be allowed to be moderate. Why do you think the true moderate Republicans are either quitting or not winning Primary votes? Between Grover Norquist and the Religious Right moderate Republicans can't exist.
Rick Lesser October 26, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Quite to the opposite; we moderate Republicans are alive and well. Arie is one of our leaders. I have no desire to get involved in other people's private lives, but I do care about our State's inability to limit spending. One apology for my earlier post; I do realize that Morrison, i elected, will be voting for Michael Madigan's ideological twin, John Cullerton, and not Madigan directly.

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