* Sen. Kirk Dillard to John Kass…
“The inevitable outsider characterization makes me laugh,” said Dillard. “No, I don’t think he’s inevitable. And while I respect Mr. Rauner’s success in the private sector, his inner-circle status with Rahm Emanuel is not a plus in a Republican primary.” […]
“In one of your columns I had to laugh, because Rauner tried to backtrack how close he was with the mayor,” Dillard said. “There’s nothing wrong with a relationship. But you have to be able to tell the mayor ‘no.’ As chief of staff for Gov. Edgar I told Mayor (Richard) Daley ‘no’ when he wanted casinos the size of several football fields. Rauner is the man who made Rahm Emanuel rich. That’s the fact. And governmentally, it’s a problem to be that close to the mayor of Chicago.”
* Kass’ take…
Some argue that Rauner is beholden to the mayor of Chicago. But Rauner is the one who helped Emanuel make several million dollars in private deals when Emanuel was between political posts. Besides, guys like Bruce Rauner don’t dance for politicians. It’s the other way around.
I think both guys make good points. No way can Bruce Rauner be considered an “outsider,” and polling has shown this to be a killer GOP primary issue.
But he’s an insider who does, indeed, make politicians dance for him. And he’s lately taken to criticizing Emanuel over the way the mayor handled the teachers’ strike.
* The Question: Will Bruce Rauner’s insider experience help him govern if he’s elected? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.
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