McCann may enter gubernatorial race, social media post says
Rumors are circulating that Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) is planning to launch an independent run for governor, and a formal announcement could come shortly.
WCIA3 Capital Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell took to Twitter early Thursday to post, “Multiple sources tell me pro-union Republican Sen. Sam McCann has officially decided to run for governor as an independent. I’m hearing he could announce as early as Monday.”
Later in the day, Maxwell raised the level of intrigue, adding in a separate post, “Now hearing some Senate Democrats are urging McCann to reconsider and run for his same Senate seat as an independent instead. They currently enjoy McCann’s support on some bills and would likely lose that seat to a more partisan Republican if he runs for governor.”
McCann made news during last month’s Republican primary when he held a press conference many speculated was scheduled so he could announce plans for a gubernatorial run.
Instead, McCann took the stage to announce his endorsement of Jonas Petty in his unsuccessful run against Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) in the 100th House District.
At the time, he said he planned to reveal his political plans sometime in April.
McCann recently has taken Gov. Bruce Rauner to task for everything ranging from signing abortion expansion bill HB40 to law to allowing the GOP to become “unrecognizable” as a party.