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Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

* I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of buying several Michael Mayosky paintings over the years. My favorite, though, is hanging at the Brewhaus. It’s of my late, great friend “Raoul Brotherman,” a musician and human the likes of whom we will never see again.

Also, I’m in this video. See if you can spot me

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Final thoughts before calling it a night

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

* Bruce Rauner is heading to the relatively sparsely populated Downstate on the final weekend of the campaign. Gov. Quinn just started running a deliberately incendiary ad on black radio stations for the campaign’s home stretch.

Does it look to any of you like maybe both of these guys have some base issues?

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*** UPDATED x3 - Script *** Quinn airs radio ad of Rauner joking about being “scared” of four African-Americans

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

* Audio from an obscure YouTube video is playing on African-American radio stations in Chicago as part of a new and destined to be highly controversial ad.

I’ve heard tons of buzz since late this afternoon, but I don’t yet have the ad. I asked the Quinn campaign earlier today and received no response, so I spent the last three hours listening to WVON trying to record it, but it never came on. I gave up. And then John V. Moore tweeted out the video.

Watch it

* Transcript…

“Four African-American TSA guards, big guys, came and they rushed up to me. They looked like they played for the Bears.

“They said ‘Hey!’ I said [hands raised] “Wow, I’m not carrying my gun, what’s going on? Hold, what?’ [Laughter] They said ‘Hey! You’re running for governor.’ I said ‘Yes, I am, you scared me, don’t do that.’”

That video was posted last month. It’s unclear who’s behind the YouTube account.

* I asked Moore if he recalled anything about the rest of the radio ad…

“Yeah, it’s an African American male voice over. He said the audio was captured at a Republican or conservative event. After the audio the voice over mentions that Rauner has funded organizations that are trying to impeach President Obama.”

And, he said, it’s a Taxpayers for Quinn spot. That was finally confirmed by the Quinn campaign tonight.

* I asked the Rauner campaign for comment a couple of hours ago, and recently sent them the YouTube link. I’ll let you know what they say.

*** UPDATE 1 *** The Quinn campaign sent over the script…

Here’s Republican Billionaire Bruce Rauner, telling a story, at a recent conservative Republican fundraiser.

    “Four African-American TSA Security Guards, big guys, they rushed up to me, they looked like they played for the Bears. I was like, they said “HEY!” I thought Wow, I’m not carrying my gun, what’s going on? They said “HEY you’re running for Governor.” I said, “Yes I am, you scared me, don’t do that.”

If that’s the kind of story Bruce Rauner tells behind closed-doors at a Republican fundraiser, what’s it going to be like if he’s in the Governor’s mansion?

Rauner poured money into right-wing groups that are campaigning to impeach President Obama. And Rauner wants to legalize deadly assault weapons and cut the minimum wage.

We need a Governor like Pat Quinn who’s stood up for us – fighting for people’s rights and dignity – with courage and respect.

Gov. Quinn: “Taxpayers for Quinn paid for this message because there’s so much at stake.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** Updated with comment from the governor’s campaign…

Our ad includes Bruce Rauner in his own words.

This is just another example of Mr. Rauner saying one thing privately in front of an all-Republican audience and another thing publicly in the city of Chicago. People can judge for themselves whether his comments are appropriate or not.

Also, remember this guy?…


*** UPDATE 3 *** Not that it really matters, because there was no real reason for him to mention their race (and he usually doesn’t when he tells this story), but here’s the full video…


- Posted by Rich Miller   77 Comments      


Karen Lewis endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

* Tribune

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a video Friday night throwing her support behind Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as he prepares to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in late February.

Lewis had been preparing her own run for mayor before being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor a few weeks ago. The video features Lewis wearing a fashionable head covering and offering her endorsement of Garcia in a series of jump cuts.

* The video

* Sun-Times

Garcia is the keynote speaker at the CTU’s 2014 Legislators and Educators Appreciation Dinner Friday night.

Also running for Chicago mayor against Emanuel is Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

- Posted by Rich Miller   9 Comments      


Friday night TV ad rating

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

* Bruce Rauner’s latest closer

- Posted by Rich Miller   44 Comments      


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* Final thoughts before calling it a night
* *** UPDATED x3 - Script *** Quinn airs radio ad of Rauner joking about being "scared" of four African-Americans
* Karen Lewis endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor
* Friday night TV ad rating
* Yesterday's blog posts

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