* Bruce Rauner’s running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti was asked in Quincy this week what made her qualified to be governor in case something happens to Rauner. Her response wasn’t covered locally, but here it is in full…
“First of all, I served at the Illinois Attorney General’s office advising many units of government. I later went into private practice doing a lot of the same, so my relationships with government and knowing the way government works has been sound throughout the years.
“Not only am I an attorney that has advised government, I am also an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School. And I can send my message to all laws. [NOTE: I heard “all laws” but some heard “all walks” or “all walks of life.”]
“When I became an adjunct professor, I also took on the role of running and winning and becoming a councilman in the city of Wheaton. Right now I am a councilman to 54,000 residents and I’ve enjoyed my job doing that.
“All of this makes me absolutely qualified. But more so than anything I am a mother and I am a working woman who is very concerned about a state that I love very much.
“And because of that I am fully qualified and ready to serve, now and over the next couple of years. Thank you.
* Here’s the video. Her remarks begin at the 13-minute mark…
* Despite that rather awkward answer, Rauner’s running mate pitch appears to have played well with Downstate local media. Peoria Journal Star…
Bruce Rauner’s credentials campaigning for governor as an outsider were bolstered Wednesday as he introduced his running mate: a first-term Wheaton City Council member who has never held higher office than that.
Evelyn Sanguinetti talked up her work, her family history - daughter of immigrants from Ecuador and Cuba who worked hard to give their progeny a better life - and her conservative credentials as the two stopped at Haddad’s Downtown restaurant on the second day of a statewide campaign swing.
“I’m sure a (4-foot, 11-inch) Latina with an Italian last name is not what the career politicians had expected,” she said. “… I’m not part of a Springfield club, I’m not an insider.”
Sanguinetti repeatedly cast the campaign as a battle between outsiders and insiders, and praised Rauner’s work over the years with education issues, including school reform, and said that dedication linked the two of them.
* The Southern Illinoisan…
Describing her as someone with drive to overcome obstacles, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s introduced Evelyn Sanguinetti as his running mate for lieutenant governor during a campaign stop Wednesday at Vault Café On The Square.
“Evelyn has been living the American dream that can inspire us,” Rauner said in his introduction of Sanguinetti, the daughter of a father who legally immigrated to the United States from Ecuador and her mother, who entered the country as a Cuban refugee.
Rauner, who is seeking the Republican nomination, said Sanguinetti’s strong points include a desire to turn around elementary school education in Illinois and create a booming economy throughout the state.
Playing off his campaign motto, Rauner said Sanguinetti joins him on a campaign mission to “shake it (Springfield) up like it never has been shaken up before.”
“I show respect to very socially conservative voters, I show the respect to socially liberal voters and moderate centrist voters. I want to bring them all together and unite the party and I want to appeal to many Democrats who are frustrated with the lack of jobs and high taxes and the deteriorating schools and corruption in Springfield. Pat Quinn is failing because he’s not a leader,” Rauner said.
“Mike Madigan will be a challenge but Mike Madigan has never negotiated with someone like me,” he said.