After suffering a narrow loss for Illinois state comptroller, Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi now has his sights set on a bigger prize: the state's Lieutenant Governor. According to the Peoria Journal, Krishnamoorthi is letting it be known that he wants to be considered for this office on the Democratic ticket.
The announcement comes the day after Scott Lee Cohen stepped down after winning the Democratic lieutenant governor's nod in last Tuesday's primary. It became public knowledge after the election that Cohen was once accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.
Krishnamoorthi said the pairing would make sense because he could help Quinn grab more votes, a key concern for Democrats who don't want to lose the state's top elected post to a Republican in November. Krishnamoorthi lost the comptroller bid to David Miller, a state representative from Lynwood, by about 7,000 votes.
He noted that he won in areas "crucial to the Democrats winning in the fall if they were to beat the Republican Party" including collar counties and in central Illinois, where he grew up.
"The primary message of our candidacy was being a voice of reform, transparency and accountability in state government. You need that in the lieutenant governor position as well," Krishnamoorthi said.
The decision now rests with the 38-member Democratic State Central Committee - comprised of two people from each of the state's congressional districts - which now is charged with selecting a replacement. Last week, in the 18th Congressional District, both James Polk of Peoria and Shirley McCombs of Petersburg were re-elected to their posts and now will have the opportunity to weigh in on the lieutenant governor nominee.