Posted by David Heinzmann at 8:10 a.m.
Weeks ago, when it became clear pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen was going to attempt to run for governor, sources familiar with his campaign said the only hold up was a search for a running mate. Last week, when Cohen finally announced his intentions to run, he invited members of the public to apply for the privilege of running with him.
Now, Cohen is picking one of his own campaign workers, 35-year-old Baxter Swilley, to be his lieutenant governor candidate. He plans to announce the decision this morning at a church on the West Side.
Swilley, a native Chicagoan, was Cohen's first choice all along, campaign spokesman John Davis said. "He was the first person Scott asked, but Baxter wanted to take a couple of weeks to think about it and when he did, he decided to come along," Davis said.
Swilley helped run Cohen's successful primary campaign for the Democratic lieutenant governor nomination. He was in Cohen's inner circle as the novice candidate's suprise victory imploded just days after the Feb. 2 primary when the news media uncovered troubling details of Cohen's personal life and business dealings.
Cohen is not assured a spot on the ballot. He needs to gather 25,000 signatures for ballot petitions by June 21.
Posted at 08:09:47 AM in 2010 Illinois election, 2010 Illinois Governor's race