Jim Ryan picks up endorsement for governor

January 24, 2010 5:01:08 PM PST
DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett announced Sunday that he is endorsing his former boss, Republican Jim Ryan, for governor.Birkett says the state needs a governor with a prosecutor's mentality.

Ryan has served as the DuPage County state's attorney and as Illinois attorney general.

Birkett praised Ryan, saying he always put the public interest first. He said Ryan is tested, and when he looks at a problem, he finds a creative solution.

"These are tough times in Illinois. In politics and in leadership, guts is everything. Jim Ryan has the guts that it takes to truly lead in this state," Birkett said.

"People are hungry for authentic leadership. They're hungry for transformational change," said Ryan.

Ryan is competing with a crowded field of Republican candidates. It includes Adam Andrzejewski, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Andy McKenna and Dan Proft.