(RepublicanNews.org) – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, seems to be signaling that he may run for President in 2024.
The billionaire businessman, who will inherit the Hyatt hotel chain fortune, contributes millions of dollars to Democratic causes. He was also involved in convincing the Democratic National Committee to choose crime-ridden Chicago as the spot for its 2024 primary convention.
Political observers note that Pritzker traveled to New Hampshire and Florida in 2022 as well, which may indicate plans for a presidential campaign.
Dick Simpson, emeritus professor at the University of Chicago, said “It causes people to look at the governor more closely as a potential candidate.”
Pritzker often makes the rounds at high-profile Democratic functions, snapping photos with vice president Kamala Harris and former Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot was sent packing from the mayor’s office earlier this year for failing to bring the Windy City’s skyrocketing crime under control. Voters chose an even more left-leaning Democrat to replace her, Brandon Johnson.
The DNC is all enthusiasm about its upcoming Chicago convention, saying that the “diversity” in the party forms a “formidable coalition.” The meeting will “showcase” President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, according to the DNC, with such items as a bipartisan infrastructure funding package.
Pritzker, who pledged to pay for some of the convention costs (that may total $90 million) said the city was an “ideal” location for Biden and Harris.
Last month, the Illinois Governor told CBS that no “serious” Democrats would battle it out with Biden in the primary. Biden has not formally announced that he is seeking a second term. But he teases the prospect regularly, seeming to say he’s going to run, but refusing to give a straight yes or no answer.
Pritzker may believe that smearing Republicans will help his chances. In February, he called GOP members “demagogues who are pushing censorship” during his State of the State address.
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