SPRINGFIELD — For two of the Republicans eyeing a run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, personal considerations may outweigh their political aspirations when it comes to making a final decision.
With the clock ticking down on Gov. Bruce Rauner to schedule a special election for the 18th Congressional District seat, Bloomington businessman Ed Brady and state Rep. Dan Brady both spent the weekend traversing central and western Illinois to gauge their support.
The duo are not related, but they are facing similar questions in the coming days.
For Dan Brady, winning a seat in Congress would mean he would have to step down as a partner in a Bloomington-Normal funeral home.
"That is a consideration," Dan Brady said Monday of the federal rules regarding outside employment by members of Congress.
For Ed Brady, it would mean an end to his climb up the leadership ladder of the National Association of Homebuilders, where he is on track to become the leader of the organization within the next eight months.
"It does weigh on my commitment," Ed Brady told the Quad-City Times Springfield bureau.
The two Bloomington Republicans both said they would decide whether to move forward within days of Rauner scheduling a special primary election and a special general election to replace Schock. Rauner must act by Sunday.
While the Bradys consider their decisions, state Sen. Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, embarked on a two-day multi-city tour to formally announce his plan to win a district that once was held largely by his father, Ray, a Peoria Republican who later served as President Barack Obama's transportation secretary.
LaHood's Monday stops included Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield. He is scheduled to be in Jacksonville and Quincy on Tuesday.
Bloomington attorney Mark Zalcman also said he is running for the GOP nomination.
Ed Brady, who lost to Dan Brady by 47 votes in the race for a seat in the Illinois House in 2000, said his connection with the homebuilding organization gives him a national fundraising network to draw on. He also said he can tap into the donor base his brother, state Sen. Bill Brady, built during his past bids for governor.
"There is certainly an interest in this being a competitive race," Ed Brady said.
Dan Brady said he visited with Republicans in Adams and Hancock counties over the weekend and discussed the race with both Ed Brady and LaHood. In addition to his role in the Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Dan Brady said he is weighing his family's needs.
"I haven't made a formal decision, but I will very soon," Brady said.