Republican Attorney General Candidate Joe Birkett appears to be reconsidering his plans following Lisa Madigan's unexpected decision to bypass running for higher office and seek a third term as Illinois Attorney General.
"Lisa Madigan's announcement does not change my plans," Birkett wrote. "I look forward to offering Illinois voters new leadership in a state that desperately needs it."
What a difference a day makes. In comments to the Daily Herald in a story published Thursday, Birkett appears to be backing off his bring 'em on stance.
"Right now, obviously, the plan is the plan," Birkett said. "I didn't formally announce, but I was indicating I would not be a candidate for governor and was looking at the attorney general's race, and that's the way it stands right now.
"Lisa Madigan's decision to retain that office is something I have to speak with my supporters about and assess the possibilities. But anybody can be beat."
As Capitol Fax's Rich Miller noted, Birkett did "formally announce" his candidacy. A YouTube video put out last week by Birkett's campaign is titled "Joe Birkett Announces for Illinois Attorney General."