The Illinois Republican party is looking for someone to replace Jack Ryan as the GOP's candidate. Fitzgerald is retiring.
Fitzgerald said Tuesday he thinks Ditka has a lot of common sense and would be a great U.S. senator. He says Republicans would have a real shot at keeping the seat if Ditka ran, and he thinks Ditka as a candidate could energize Republican voters in the state.
Still, he says he wonders if Ditka would want to give up his current lifestyle to be a public servant. Ditka said Monday that a potential run is very much on his mind.