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GOP gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan adds activist Kathleen Murphy to ticket



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PETERSBURG – GOP gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan announced Friday morning that conservative activist Kathleen Murphy has agreed to sign onto his ticket as candidate for lieutenant governor. 

The Sullivan campaign's press release: 

Petersburg, IL – Mom, activist, and Breakthrough Ideas President Kathleen Murphy will join Republican candidate for governor Jesse Sullivan as his running mate for lieutenant governor:

“The working families of Illinois deserve a leader and advocate like Kathleen,” Sullivan said.

“She is a devoted mother of two, a passionate advocate for the rights of children and parents, and a free thinker who will fight relentlessly for parents and families at a time when they are under attack. From helping to rebuild her church to assisting victims of domestic violence, Kathleen lives the values of faith, family, and service.”

“Kathleen represents the next generation of leaders we need to Save Illinois. She is no stranger to hard work, and like me, she is an outsider who is not beholden to the failed political system that has delivered high taxes and corrupt leaders.”

“I am proud to join Jesse Sullivan in this fight,” Murphy said. “He brings the kind of outsider energy, focused leadership, and an optimistic vision that our state so desperately needs.”

“I know what it’s like to wonder if you’re going to be able to make ends meet, and I am eager to represent working moms across the state in Springfield. Like most Illinoisans, I am sick and tired of watching a man who has had everything handed to him tell us how to live our lives.”

“Our children are hurting. I’ve seen it firsthand. Our school system is failing our kids, our economy is lagging behind our neighbors, and Illinois simply cannot afford four more years of JB Pritzker,” Murphy said.

“With Kathleen’s leadership, we will end Pritzker’s harmful mandates for our kids on Day 1,” Sullivan said.

Listen to Kathleen Murphy’s debut interview with NewsTalkSTL’s Mike Ferguson here. Murphy and Sullivan will begin campaigning together with joint events across the state in the coming weeks.


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  1. Interesting development; two Jeanne Ives supporters and her former campaign workers, Trussell and Murphy, are now on different tickets! Murphy is no longer listed on the Breakthrough Ideas website as President/co-founder. Who will Ives endorse?

  2. The slightest search on the Internet would show Sullivan is just a downstate ploy to stop Darren Bailey:
    https://freebeacon.com/politics/meet-the-republican-gubernatorial-candidate-who-founded-a-left-wing-social-justice-magazine/ &
    Ives knows this and all the players and yet can’t endorse either of the two actual conservatives in the race, Rabine or Bailey? Pathetically obvious what is going on.

  3. I like Bailey but unfortunately a little bit too far to the right to be competitive in Chicago suburbs? If Bailey wins the primary I’m worried he will come under investigation for his Covid aid loans and other Govt programs?