* Three years ago today, I posted a Sun-Times story about Bruce Rauner testing the waters…
Bruce Rauner, the venture capitalist who helped make Mayor Rahm Emanuel a millionaire, is edging toward a run for governor of Illinois as a Republican, prominent Illinois Republicans tell the Sun-Times.
Rauner, 55, is senior principal and chairman of Chicago-based GTCR Golder Rauner LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm.
He recently garnered attention as a prime mover of the education reform legislation that passed Springfield, smashing teachers’ right to strike and paving the way for longer school days in Chicago.
Rauner has been testing the waters and telling other Republicans he is gearing up to run, senior elected Republicans and Republican campaign veterans told the Sun-Times. Rauner did not return a call seeking comment.
* On a lark, I scrolled through the comments. Some were quite prescient. Here’s “just sayin’”…
Rauner is head and shoulders above Brady, Dillard, and Rutherford. It’s not even close in terms of competence, accomplishment, smarts, and effectiveness.
It’s Major League Baseball vs. t-ball.
If Brady, Dillard, and Rutherford were honest they would say “yeah we pretty much suck compared to this guy.”
Dillard needs to start campaining and raising money now
* Some weren’t quite so forward-thinking…
Can anyone name a single big-money, well financed candidate with no political experience that has ever won anything in this state?
I can’t. He might be a great guy, but without any knowledge of how to run or any experience at running, he’s just setting himself up to be milked by campaign consultants.
* Near the bottom is a comment from “Bill.” It was a little weird seeing his comment - almost like bumping into a ghost.
In case you’re a newbie to the site, Bill Naegele commented here for years and gloried in stirring the pot. He passed away in March.
Here is Bill’s observation…
If this Rauner guy is so smart how come he wants to be governor?…and spend his own money, no less~!
I think a lot of us are still pondering that question.
Man, I really miss that guy.
* Speaking of good guys who are now gone, I’ll be leaving soon for the party being thrown in the late Gene Callahan’s honor over at Norb Andy’s. I wouldn’t expect any more posts today.