* Yesterday’s Republican Day speeches were all about unity and positivity. Not so much during the media availabilities afterwards, however…
The two Republicans who dueled for the governorship in the photo-finish 2010 primary used Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday to deliver a one-two punch against 2014 rival Bruce Rauner, zeroing in on the billionaire venture capitalist’s close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. […]
[Sen. Bill Brady] called that association a “non-starter” for Republican primary voters and, in a dig at the state Senate colleague he defeated by 193 votes in 2010, likened it to Dillard’s decision to film a 2008 campaign commercial for Barack Obama when the Democrat was running for president.
“People are tired of this one-city, one-party rule and the connections to Rahm,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s a huge liability for a Republican, just as the Obama connection to Dillard is a huge liability.”
Dillard, who defended himself by noting he spoke out against Obama’s push for universal health care in Illinois when the president was a state senator, jumped on Rauner, as well.
“It’s incredibly troubling that a man who is constantly referred to as a member of Rahm Emanuel’s inner circle, who vacations with the mayor, according to the Chicago Sun Times columnist Mike Sneed, and [who] also is another city of Chicago resident is running for governor,” Dillard said.
* Rauner refused to apologize for his association with Emanuel in his response…
“For somebody to try to say, ‘Well, you touched Rahm or worked with them. … Y ou know what? If we’re going to get stuff done, if the Democrats control [things], we’ve got to do something to work with them. I won’t apologize, and I won’t back down,” he said.
Rauner, who has pledged to spend millions of dollars from his fortune on his campaign, also chalked up the criticism to “desperate” rivals.
“You know what? In politics, when you’re desperate to win, you say stuff,” he said.
* Jon Zahm, who is no Rauner fan, also piled on…
Rahner sponsored the hot dog lunches for all the attendees. But this became a real “fail” for the campaign. Just over a half hour into the event the hot dogs ran out leaving hungry folks to have a hot dog bun only with their beans and Oberweis ice cream. Poor planning and hiring the wrong people to estimate the food needed are two errors that need rectifying.
The other three serious candidates for Governor landed good zings on Rauner:
Brady: “People are tired of this one-city, one-party rule and the connections to Rahm,”
Dillard: “I have experience that money can’t buy.”
Rutherford: “I don’t have to go on a ‘listening tour.’ I have been to all 102 counties and received important feedback and support.”
* A brief video of a little Rauner rally around his motorcycle before the speeches…
* Illinois GOP’s governor candidates make pitches at state fair: “I’d like to put them all in a blender, and we’d have a great recipe for success,” said Jack Dorgan, the Illinois Republican Party’s new chairman.
* Time for change, GOP speakers at Illinois State Fair say
* Four governor candidates test their messages at state fair
* Republicans Show Unity at State Fair
* Gubernatorial candidates talk politics on “Republican Day” at the state fair