Kip Kirkpatrick, a co-founder of Water Street Healthcare Partners, this past weekend announced his candidacy for Illinois State Treasurer. He’s running as a Democrat, and will face a serious primary challenger in Robin Kelly, a former state lawmaker and chief of staff to current Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Roland Burris).
In his announcement video, Kirkpatrick said: “In effect, the Treasurer is really the state’s chief investment officer, and that’s why I’m running… We need a Treasurer with a proven track record of smart, responsible investing.”
The issue of responsibility could be key for Kirkpatrick, who is leaving Water Street less than a year after the firm raised $650 million for a new fund. Some LPs have privately groused that he took the money and ran (literally), although Kirkpatrick was not listed as a “key man” on fund documents.
It’s unknown how Kirkpatrick’s Water Street colleagues initially took the news, but they now seem to be strongly supporting his electoral ambitions. Fellow co-founders Jim Connelly and Tim Dugan have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign, while other staffers