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Swings and misses?

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

* From the union-backed Illinois Freedom PAC…

Less than 2 in 10 senior level positions at Rauner’s firm are held by women. Someone who can’t see talent among women and minorities is a poor choice to the run a state as well as a business

GTCR Is 70% Male: There Are Only 25 Female Employees At GTCR Out Of The 82 Total Employees. [gtcr.com]

Almost 90% Of GTRC Male Employees Are Mid-Level Or Senior Level But Only 36% Of Female Employees At GTCR Are Mid-Level Or Senior Level. [gtcr.com]

Only 14% Of Senior Level Positions At GTCR Are Held By Women. [gtcr.com]

Only 15% Of The Combined Senior And Mid-Level Positions At GTCR Are Held By Women. [gtcr.com]

Women Hold 73% Of The Entry-Level/Administrative Positions At GTCR. [gtcr.com]

Ah, the ole war on women thing. There is a problem, though. From a March, 2014 report by Preqin

The average proportion of senior positions held by women in North America- and Europe-based private equity firms is 11.0% and 9.7% respectively. North America saw a rise from 2013 when women held 10.3% of senior roles

So, Rauner’s firm employs women in senior level capacities at a higher than average rate.

* The campaign dispatched running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti…

“Unfortunately, females have long been underrepresented in private equity and Bruce certainly would have liked to see GTCR hire more females, but GTCR does exceed national averages for the industry.”

* Meanwhile, from the Windy City Times

Equality Illinois and other LGBT organizations announced Aug. 4 that during Market Days they would be continuing their effort to call attention to what they call GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s anti-gay activities and social conservative agenda.

Among the efforts planned for the two-day festival, which takes place on Halsted Street Aug. 9-10, are flyers, voter registration booths and a new social media campaign, according to a statement.

Equality organizations and activists say that Rauner, who has claimed not to be running on a socially conservative agenda, has contributed to anti-gay candidates, as his wife, Diana. The Market Days flyers, made up to look like voided marriage certificates, point to $95,400 in contributions the Rauners gave to anti-LGBT candidates. Among those candidates the organizations named are John D. Anthony, Sheri Jesiel, Liz Doody Gorman, Jim Durkin, Christine Radogno, Joe Sosnowski, Mark Batinick, Keith Wheeler, Heidi Holan, Neil Anderson and Margo McDermed.

Street teams will also be calling attention to Rauner’s running mate Evelyn Sanguenitti and his association with the DeVos family, who have been major funders of anti-marriage equality activities and donated $13,000 to his campaign, the statement said.

* The voided marriage certificate…

The rest of the flier…

Everyone who truly thinks that Bruce Rauner will actually void gay marriage licenses, please raise you hand.

But, hey, it’s politics and Rauner won’t come out and actually say he’d protect gay marriage rights, so he probably deserves the hit.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


34 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    ===But, hey, it’s politics and Rauner won’t come out and actually say he’d protect gay marriage rights, so he probably deserves the hit.===

    Exactly right.

    If the pandering to the conservatives means staying silent, you gotta eat the hit.

    Rauner claiming he has no social agenda doesn’t mean others don’t have a social agenda to use against you.

    Indeed, it’s politics.


  2. - Concerned Voter - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    I would be very interested in the male/female makeup in the union-backed Illinois Freedom PAC.

    Just asking…….


  3. - too obvious - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    Rauner said he would have vetoed the same sex marriage bill so it’s definitely fair game.

    BTW the LGBT groups are forgetting about the hundreds of thousands of dollars Rauner gave to high profile gay rights opponent Jack Roeser in recent years.


  4. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    He said he’d veto the marriage equality bill — and then said he was open to a referendum repealing it. Those are public statements he has made.


  5. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:54 am:

    I have a bad feeling about turnout in the gay community this year. Now that gay marriage is the law, what exactly is driving them to the polls?

    They’re smart enough to know Governors can veto bills, but they can’t veto laws. Plus, the federal courts have overturned gay marriage bans across the country. There is nothing Rauner can do to turn back the clock on marriage equality.

    So why should LGBTQ community feel energized to come out and vote in a midterm when nothing really is at stake?


  6. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    Smart response for/by Sanguinetti.

    Not much else to say that sounds anything but bad.

    Time will catch up to Bruce on the marriage issue in any case. It’s now or later.

    But Rauner could gain by pivoting on marriage equality now. The likely GOP voters will never go for Quinn, and have enough other reasons to get to the polls. Some in the middle could move his way. It partly depends on if he’s still that dependent on certain funders who would be outraged with him, if he clearly switched his position.


  7. - Adam Smith - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:00 pm:

    Yep, it’s politics as usual. And Team Quinn has to relentlessly pump up the histrionics aimed at the impassioned left wing base. “Bruce Rauner kills puppies!” Oh, wait, that’s been done.

    Rauner is no more a threat to gay marriage as Pat Quinn is. It ain’t gonna change and he isn’t going to change it.

    But if we can scream loudly enough, some of the low-information voters just might fall for the distraction.

    Can someone please name one thing the Quinn campaigns has placed any focus on in the past several months that has anything whatsoever to do with how he’s going to fix the disaster he helped create in the state’s finances?


  8. - Just the facts - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:08 pm:

    I would be very interested in the male/female makeup in the union-backed Illinois Freedom PAC.

    There are three unions involved. At the national level, women head two of the three. At the state level, women head two of the three.


  9. - Black Ivy - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    Yep! August is definitely here - these special interest groups’ tactics smack of desperation and distraction. I think it very clear that Bruce Rauner is a solid individual who does not hold hatred in his heart for women, the GLBT community, lower-income folks, women who opt to exercise their right to aborition, etc. His opinions may differ from yours, but he is not the monster that some would like to depict him as. #staythecoursebruce #hatersaredesperateforthestatusquo


  10. - AlabamaShake - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:16 pm:

    **I would be very interested in the male/female makeup in the union-backed Illinois Freedom PAC.

    There are three unions involved. At the national level, women head two of the three. At the state level, women head two of the three.**

    Further… of the 8 executive offices of the 3 unions (IFT, IEA, AFSCME), 5 are women.

    What else would you like to know?


  11. - Concerned Voter - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    @Just the facts and @AlabamaShake Thank you.

    Now who administers the PAC and that make up, please.

    Thanks in advance.


  12. - ZC - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    So let me get this straight, many business style Republicans who never really cared that much about gay marriage in the first place, but attacked it because their consultants told them it was helpful to stir up homophobes in the base, are now crying uncle because the issue has finally flipped and the Dems are using their past record of gay-baiting against them?

    Cry. Me. A. River.


  13. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    A Sanguinetti sighting? Be still my beating heart.

    The Freedom PAC hit backfires. Spectacularly.

    The gay marriage hit is a more than fair one. LGBT advocates will push him to speak up, just as social conservatives will push him to keep his mouth sewed shut. The hashtag is ridiculous, but the hit is just good old fashioned advocacy.


  14. - CircularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Better if they would have questioned the wing nuts FLip is “hiring” and asked them about repeal Mariage Equality and then bang the drum…Nearly certain folks like Broom Hilda Ives would all for it….maybe even new GOPie mastermind Adam Brown too.


  15. - OneMan - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:29 pm:

    So if you gave to Bill Clinton who signed the defense of marriage act is that problematic too?


  16. - Just the facts - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    Now who administers the PAC and that make up, please.

    Is your Google broken? Mine produced the committee filing which says the treasurer and chairperson is a woman.


  17. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    ===Can someone please name one thing the Quinn campaigns has placed any focus on in the past several months that has anything to do with how he’s going to fix the disaster…?===

    I hear your frustration, but it’s not that bad, if you are open to listen for it. Quinn’s latest TV ads mention a few of them.

    1. Pension Reform (passed, and very significant fiscally, but hung up in court.)
    2. A “doomsday” Budget Proposal that makes the spending cuts necessary, as the tax increase sunsets, and it adds up. (Better than no plan offered that meets those straightforward standards.)
    3. Closing state institutions, and cutting $5 Billion in discretionary annual spending. (It’s real.)
    4. Maintaining current tax rates, rather than having them sunset. (Rauner would do the same, at least for his first year.)
    5. Worker’s Comp reforms. (5% down for companies, but maybe not enough to tout.)
    6. Medicaid fraud reforms. (bi-partisan effort that has had some impact.)

    You might not like these things for various reasons, and think they are clearly insufficient, but they do exist, and have been mentioned various times in the past year.

    They do of course “have anything to do” with our fiscal disaster — which will take many years of substantial efforts to clean up.


  18. - so... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    ==Now who administers the PAC and that make up, please.

    Is your Google broken? Mine produced the committee filing which says the treasurer and chairperson is a woman.==

    Here’s their most recent report. http://www.elections.il.gov/campaigndisclosure/D2Quarterly.aspx?id=537760

    One person on the payroll and it’s a dude.


  19. - so... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Oh, and btw, Illinois Freedom PAC, this one’s for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A


  20. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    ==So, Rauner’s firm employs women in senior level capacities at a higher than average rate.==

    Senior and midlevel. Of course, there are no statistics listed here for senior and midlevel industry wide, just senior.


  21. - ZC - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    But OneMan, the key point I’d argue is that Clinton now -says- DOMA was a mistake and he now opposes it. Anytime Rauner wants to join the right side of history and publicly say that he supports gay marriage, at least in Illinois, he’s welcome.


  22. - 3 Cents - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    This is BS! Quinn has dismal Latino numbers in senior leadership positions. What can we surmise about Quinn’s ability to lead majority ethnic demographics..?


  23. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    Oops, I see the 14% line now. Retract that previous comment.


  24. - mcb - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    -So why should LGBTQ community feel energized to come out and vote in a midterm when nothing really is at stake?-

    Good question, maybe that’s the idea here. But do the LGBTQ folks really think they have anything to fear from Rauner?


  25. - so... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    ====So, Rauner’s firm employs women in senior level capacities at a higher than average rate.==

    Senior and midlevel. Of course, there are no statistics listed here for senior and midlevel industry wide, just senior.==

    No.

    14% of senior positions at GTCR are held by women. Which is above the national average. Mid-level positions are not included in that stat.


  26. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:52 pm:

    Another group of people who still believe the year is 2012.


  27. - Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    These two examples are like Adam Dunn whiffing at home plate.


  28. - A guy... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    When someone discovers a story in there, wake me up.


  29. - Steve - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    Well over 80% of public school teachers in Illinois are women : should we fire women to bring workforce balance to public schools???


  30. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Rauner has had opportunities to get past gay marriage as an issue since the primary. Why he hasn’t done so, unequivocally, is beyond me. The primary is long over, and the ever-shrinking number of those who have a problem with it have no place else to go.


  31. - foster brooks - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:55 pm:

    Everyone who truly thinks that Bruce Rauner will actually void gay marriage licenses, please raise you hand. He’d fire all state workers too..Reagan/air controllers


  32. - sal-says - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 3:17 pm:

    “…but GTCR does exceed national averages for the industry.”

    So everybody is supposed to cheer that?


  33. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    ===So everybody is supposed to cheer that?===

    Since Illinois government is below average on pretty much everything these days except for bad stuff, yeah.


  34. - MLyons - Thursday, Aug 7, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    Given that Bruce is all about running Illinois like his businesses, I would say that the fact his businesses don’t include many women or minorities is pretty disturbing. Hardly a miss, Rich, at least if you care about equality. And I think women and minorities are pretty tired of the argument that just because the status quo is to exclude us that makes it acceptable ‘because everyone is doing it.’


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