SPRINGFIELD — A Republican who came in fifth out of seven in the 2010 race for governor announced Tuesday that he won’t run for office in 2014.
Adam Andrzejewski, 43, made the announcement at a news conference in Chicago, which had been advertised by aides as a “major announcement regarding the future of Illinois.”
The conservative businessman from Herscher said the state’s future won’t include him on the campaign trail.
“I will not be a candidate for any office in 2014,” he told reporters. “This party needs fresh faces and new blood.“
Andrzejewski would not endorse any of the other prospective GOP candidates who are considering a bid for governor. They include Wilmette businessman Bruce Rauner, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria.
State election records show Andrzejewski has loaned his two campaign funds more than $1.1 million since he launched his political career in 2009.
As of Dec. 31, he reported having just $426 in his campaign funds.
After garnering 14.5 percent of the vote in the 2010 primary, Andrzejewski became involved in recruiting and helping like-minded conservatives seeking seats in the General Assembly.
His organization, for example, provided support to Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Charleston, in his bid to take over a House seat once held by retired Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville.
Andrzejewski’s political action committee, For the Good of Illinois, also has pumped money into races seeking to topple Democratic incumbents.
A recent fight over state financial records with Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, had some observers also speculating that he might challenge her in the 2014 primary.