Dillard wants “traditional” first family in governor’s mansion
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013
* I’ve been meaning to post this all week, but kept forgetting. Here’s state Sen. Kirk Dillard as quoted by WLS Radio…
“A first family in the traditional sense”?
I somehow doubt that Dillard was really referring to the divorced Gov. Quinn here, except as cover so he could deny that he was making an inappropriate insinuation about the life-long bachelor Rutherford.
This sort of thing used to be beneath Dillard. But losing a statewide primary by a mere 193 votes can mess with your mind. Until that 2010 gubernatorial bid, Dillard had always been known as something of a statesman. But that razor-thin loss pushed him further to the right and made him more of a partisan.
Also, Dillard’s path to victory isn’t nearly as clear this time if Bruce Rauner succeeds in moving the needle. Strong TV advertising in the Chicago market will eat into Dillard’s DuPage County base. Lots of folks in the “donor community” who would have been expected to support Dillard have already contributed to Rauner.
In the end, all you have is your reputation. I’d hate to see Dillard completely lose his.