SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Turn on the Wayback Machine

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

* 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.”

Ghost“…

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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


8 Comments
  1. - John A Logan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    Mr. Miller, I don’t want to assume, but I hope there is a musical post dedicated to Mr. Callahan.


  2. - Rhino Slider - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    No one really knows why Rauner wants to be Governor. Its a little strange.


  3. - William j Kelly - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    It is a constant struggle to find an honest way to comment on these posts without getting banned for life and I must say the sentence “Bruce Rauner who made Rahm a multi millionaire” isn’t helping!


  4. - Not it - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    When I wonder why Rauner wants to be Governor I am reminded of the great movie Brewster’s Millions. Perhaps Bruce has a rich uncle that recently passed away?

    If you haven’t seen the movie, Richard Pryor’s distant uncle dies and gives Pryor a choice: inherit $1 million and walk away, or spend $30 million in 30 days and inherit $300 million. Pryor goes for the gamble and spends all his money by running for public office but withdraws the night before Election Day.

    (For those wondering, in today’s dollars, Bruce needs to spend $66.5 million to win the gamble. It’s going to be a long campaign.)


  5. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    Being a governor is an ego-strike money can’t buy. You’re the top dog in your state. You can command attention in a snap. You have a big say in everything. Plus, you get security, everyone pays attention when you enter the room, nice black SUV motorcade, invites to the White House and cable news yakfests….

    He’s been shelling out millions to politicians for years. Why should they get the perks when he’s writing the checks?


  6. - Roadiepig - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Bill FTW (what fun to see what he thought back then as it still my question today)

    Wordslinger - you get credit the win (from the living ;-)

    He’s been shelling out millions to politicians for years. Why should they get the perks when he’s writing the checks?


  7. - Anonymiss - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 4:37 pm:

    Boy, we miss that guy. Here’s to you, Bill.


  8. - Coffee Cup - Sunday, Aug 10, 14 @ 7:00 am:

    I don’t find it difficult to understand why Rauner is willing to run for governor. He realizes that he has far more than he needs for the remainder of his life so why not use a small portion of it to try to improve the lives of the residents of Illinois? Money is meant to be used.
    And, if Rauner is elected governor and is able to fix a large portion of the myriad of problems that others allowed to accumulate over the years, Bruce Rauner knows that the history books will make note of him and speak kindly of his political legacy.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Long list of appointments by Gov. Rauner
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** The Democrats' budget time bomb is starting to explode
* State threatens to zap all Chicago GSA school funding
* Another optics problem
* This is why we can't have nice things
* Tiny, secluded county wants no part of ATV plan
* It's just a bill
* Feds drop drug conspiracy charges
* Governing ain't easy
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Microsoft DT-903 review: wireless charging is brighter than ever (Video)
        * HTC fesses up to missing 90-day Lollipop update target for One M8, One M7
        * Level Up! Heroes of Might & Magic III HD, OUYA, and cats
        * Get exclusive discounts on cool new tech from CES 2015, plus 96% off lifetime subscription to OSTraining
        * Cell-enabled Nexus 7 tablets finally get access to Android Lollipop
        * Qantas in-flight lounge goes 3D courtesy of Samsung Gear VR
        * Google brings Now support to third-party apps

        * Uber and Lyft may have to treat their drivers as employees, judge says
        * AOL Promotes Bob Lord in Ad Reorg (Like Re/code Said)
        * Uber Probed by U.S. Judge on Driver Benefits
        * Apple Pay Has Competition Scrambling To Make Acquisitions Of Similar Services [Rumor]
        * Apple Asking Developers For Apple Watch Compatible Apps To Be Ready By Mid-Feb
        * Vine Launches Kid-Friendly Version Of Its App
        * How to Make XBMC Easier to Use (Especially for Non-Geeks)

        * Inbox: How will new-look Sox lineup affect Abreu?
        * Keith Law likes the White Sox (more than PECOTA does, anyway)
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?
        * White Sox embrace their position as favorites
        * White Sox embrace position as contenders
        * What else is returning with Gordon Beckham?
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Gov. Rauner: Quinn to Blame for Medical Marijua.....
        * Transforming Illinois: Bruce Rauner and the iss.....
        * Hundreds say goodbye to 'Mr. Cub' at Ernie Bank.....
        * Long list of appointments by Gov. Rauner..
        * Who Is Running for President (or Not)?..
        * Another optics problem..


        * Pair sentenced to prison for $665 million financial fraud
        * Gov. Bruce Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn
        * Illinois threaten to withhold funds if district don't test
        * Cardinal George: Doctors have 'run out of tricks' for him
        * Cullerton: More information needed on high Rauner salaries
        * Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack
        * Chicago suburb to honor Harold Ramis during Groundhog Days
        * Crundwell court filing says she wants to keep horse trophies
        * SIU student newspaper bids farewell to old printing press
        * AbbVie reports better-than-expected 4Q on Humira sales

        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
        * Local lawmakers named to paid committee positions
        * Decision looms on ATV facility in western Illinois park
        * 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs
        * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
        * Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience
        * Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere
        * New DNR director touts experience

        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn
        * Are a policy wonk and a former NFL player ready for 2016?
        * McDonald's Super Bowl ad announces free food after CEO change
        * Free food for 'lovin': McDonald's shows off new strategy in Super Bowl ad
        * University of Chicago nurses authorize one-day strike


          * Judge allows videotaped police interview for Highland Park murder trial
          * 1 dead, 3 injured in separate South Side attacks
          * Cardinal George: Doctors have 'run out of tricks' for him
          * McHenry man convicted of child sex assault skips sentencing
          * Man who crashed into school while fleeing police sent to prison
          * State schools will investigate after-hours bullying
          * Phony police officer caught in Plainfield during traffic stop
          * Northbrook woman accused of setting fire to own home
          * Police find dead body near Century Park in Vernon Hills
          * Judge orders tests for alleged evidence tampering in Juan Rivera case


          * Springfield Attorney Picked To Chair Illinois Gaming Board
          * Up To 8 Inches Of Snow Forecast For Springfield Area
          * Could Rauner's Spending Hold Derail New Train Routes?
          * Listen to State Week - January 30, 2015
          * Rauner Staff Receiving Higher Pay Than Quinn's
          * Rauner Defends Higher Staff Salaries
          * Unmasking Ernie Banks
          * Guzzardi Wants Parents To Be Able To Opt Kids Out Of Testing
          * National Weather Service Latest Snow Projections
          * Rauner Tells U Of I To Cut Bureaucracy


          * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
          * Local lawmakers named to paid committee positions
          * Decision looms on ATV facility in western Illinois park
          * 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs
          * Our Opinion: Residency not the best gauge of loyalty
          * Cary Collins: Other options for fixing Illinois' pension problems
          * E.J. Dionne: For the Patriots, without apology
          * Esther Cepeda: Paid sick leave is a worthy prescription
          * George Will: Bud Selig's winning legacy
          * Quote of the Day: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015


          * Winter storm bears down on Q-C area
          * Jackson County Court Report
          * Bost, Shimkus take oaths in Benton ceremony
          * Author of the Year entries sought
          * Davidsmeyer visits ISD for School Choice Week
          * Williamson County Court Report
          * Jury convicts man of murder
          * Jury acquits man in DUI case
          * Three arrested over Rantoul break-in
          * Man sentenced to prison in cocaine case


          * Libertyville students get a glimpse of career options
          * Bulgak leads No. 9 Florida State women past Georgia Tech
          * Laird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut
          * Rauner picks DuPage official to lead disaster prep agency
          * Body found in Vernon Hills

          * Rahm Touts New Law to Clear Juvenile Polic...
          * Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid ...
          * Democratic Congressman Condemns Chicago Su...
          * Bost, Shimkus take oaths in Benton ceremon...
          * US Congressmen Take Ceremonial Oath in Ben...
          * Congressional swearing-in held at the Bent...
          * Shimkus co-sponsors bill to prevent overre...
          * Shimkus votes to prohibit taxpayer funding...
          * Congressman visits WVC to talk bills, comm...
          * Subcommittee Continues Work Toward Pro-Job...

          * The Republican Congress Meets Reality...
          * Fans, former teammates, friends pay respec......
          * "Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 preside......
          * Hundreds say goodbye to 'Mr. Cub' at Ernie......
          * Mr. Cub gone but never forgotten...

          * Obama Has Given Iranians “80 Percent of Wh......
          * Are a policy wonk and a former NFL player ......
          * Sen. Kirk pushes $300 million plan to help......

          * Was Abolitionism a Failure?
          * Video Gambling Revenue In Illinois More Than Doubles In 2014
          * Illinois Ranks Poorly On Well-Being Indicators; African-American Jobless Rate
          * Lee Talley: The Illinois Manufacturer’s Association and Bruce Rauner’s Right-to-Work-for-Less Zones.
          * TRS’s Dave Urbanek explains the problem with Rauner’s pension Plan B.
          * Study: Several U.S. Corporations 'Fleecing' Uncle Sam, Spending More On CEOs
          * O'Hare Catering Workers Kick Off 'Nickel A Ticket' Affordable Health Care Campaign
          * Panel Calls For Reforms To 'Oppressive' Chicago Taxi Regulations
          * Taxi cab
          * Emanuel's Campaign War Chest Grows By $800,000 In Single Week


          * IDHS reminds eligible workers to take advantage of free tax help and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - More than 30 sites offer free tax services Statewide
          * IEMA, American Lung Association Launch Health House - Radon Excellence Program in Savoy - Two Champaign builders coordinating with Heyworth radon mitigator in program to reduce radon-related lung cancer risks in new homes
          * One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
          * Governor announces latest round of agency appointments
          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller