* Count me as a Pat Gauen fan, but on this we’re gonna have to agree to disagree…
My big question for 2018 is whether Rauner, a very rich businessman and not a politician, will want to stick around. This mess cannot be fun for a guy who certainly can afford happier diversions.
It reminds me a bit of Peter Fitzgerald, another rich Republican who in 1999 put his money behind winning what is now to be Duckworth’s Senate seat. He alienated a lot of Republicans, seemed to bore of his prize and just walked away at the end of his term.
And hey, Fitzgerald didn’t need smoke and mirrors to keep the statehouse lights on, or have to wake up every morning and face Madigan.
All true about Fitz. But Rauner seems to love his job, and he clearly relishes this fight with Madigan.
He isn’t going anywhere unless he loses his reelection bid.