Sullivan expects primary, eyes leadership

Sullivan expects primary, eyes leadership

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 16:44

State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, says he expects that his support for same-sex marriage this year means he'll face his first primary race in 2014 since he first ran in 2002.

He was not shy about how he thinks that'll go.

"You'd better be prepared for a battle," Sullivan said.

He's unsure who his opponent will be, and I've reached out to a couple possibilities to try to find out. Sullivan's support of same-sex marriage puts him at odds with most of his party and has drawn some high-profile criticism. He hasn't relented, though.

"If our party ever wants to get out of the 1950s, we need a bigger tent," Sullivan said.

Meanwhile, his name has been floated as a possible replacement for House Republican Tom Cross of Oswego, should Cross run statewide for attorney general.

"I certainly would be interested in being the leader of the House Republican caucus," he said.

Sullivan now leads the House Republican campaign arm. He said he'd have to talk over a leadership bid with his family and is trying to decide whether to mount a serious one himself or back another candidate.

So far, he says, most of the serious contenders are from the suburbs, including state Reps. Tim Schmitz of Batavia, Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst and Jim Durkin of Western Springs.

Of course, any leadership shakeup depends on Cross mounting a statewide run, and despite the flurry of recent campaign news, that's not yet been resolved. Stay tuned.

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