* Usually, when a candidate is complaining that his or her opponent is dodging debates, that means the candidate is trailing badly. From a press release…
Below is the statement of Quinn for Illinois Deputy Press Secretary Izabela Miltko following news that Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner fled the state once more to one of his out-of-state luxury properties, a 6,000 square foot, $2.2 million ranch in an exclusive area of Montana on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. Rauner has so far refused participation in any debates for the 2014 general election campaign for governor.
“Harry Truman said if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But with Bruce Rauner, the question becomes, “Which kitchen?” since he owns so many.
“Faced with questions about his troubling business record, his stashing cash in the Cayman Islands, and his refusal to release his full tax records; Bruce Rauner has again retreated to his Montana ranch that helped him avoid paying his fair share of taxes.
“But Bruce Rauner is not just dodging tough questions: he’s also dodging debates.
“Mr. Rauner may have nine luxury properties to flee to when the going gets tough, but he can’t hide forever from a debate on the issues that the people of Illinois deserve.”
Below is a full list of the debates for which Governor Quinn has accepted the invitation to participate. Bruce Rauner to date has refused participation.
Sept 17th: Daily Herald
Oct. 7th: University of Illinois in Champaign
Oct. 9th: League of Women Voters/ PBS Peoria
Oct. 14th: Urban League and Business Leadership DuSable Museum
Oct 16th: League of Women Voters / ABC7 Chicago
Oct. 19th: Elmhurst College
Oct. 23 - NBC5/U of C Institute of Politics
Oct. 30th: WTTW/ Chicago Tonight
* Other stuff…
* Rauner splashes cash around to help fellow Republicans: Since the start of 2013, the Rauners have made 119 political contributions — giving a total of more than $265,000 — to 75 Republican organizations across Illinois.
* Gov race spending soars, but ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’
* Hate to bug you, Gov. Quinn or Mr. Rauner, but try this…