From the Southern Illinoisan
The very first thing that former Gov. Jim Edgar got out of the way during a stop at a political rally in Benton Saturday night was to let everybody know that he was a 'campaigner' for a state senate seat and not a 'candidate' for a U.S. Senate seat.MORE...
Edgar was referring to his name continuing to be mentioned as a possible replacement for Jack Ryan, who withdrew as the Republican Senate candidate on Friday after allegations surfaced in divorce papers that he had persuaded his ex-wife to attend sex clubs and had tried to get her to perform sex acts in front of other people.
Edgar addressed the issue at the Benton Civic Center Saturday night where he was the featured speaker at a fund-raising event for longtime friend Ron Summers. Summers is challenging state Sen. Gary Forby in the 59th District Senate race.
"The only person you're going to be calling 'senator' is Ron Summers," said the former governor. "I'm very flattered when people ask me about that, but my wife and I addressed that issue last year and went through this discussion and we felt at this point in our careers the U.S. Senate is probably not the thing for us to do right now.