The Illinois GOP clown car is BAAAAAAAAACK!!!
This time, the top two candidates from the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary, State Senator Bill Brady and State Senator Kirk Dillard, both of which are running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination once again, used this year’s Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair to attack a third candidate in next year’s Republican gubernatorial primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, for his ties to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
The two Republicans who dueled for the governorship in the photo-finish 2010 primary used Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday to deliver a one-two punch against 2014 rival Bruce Rauner, zeroing in on the billionaire venture capitalist’s close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), the 2010 GOP nominee, and state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) initiated the dust-up on a day otherwise devoted to making catcalls at Democrats and giving the quartet of Republican gubernatorial wannabes that also included state Treasurer Dan Rutherford a platform to energize the GOP base heading into the 2014 elections.
Here’s what Brady said about Rauner’s ties to Rahm:
Brady called that association a “non-starter” for Republican primary voters and, in a dig at the state Senate colleague he defeated by 193 votes in 2010, likened it to Dillard’s decision to film a 2008 campaign commercial for Barack Obama when the Democrat was running for president.
“People are tired of this one-city, one-party rule and the connections to Rahm,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s a huge liability for a Republican, just as the Obama connection to Dillard is a huge liability.”
Here’s what Dillard said about Rauner’s ties to Rahm:
Dillard, who defended himself by noting he spoke out against Obama’s push for universal health care in Illinois when the president was a state senator, jumped on Rauner, as well.
“It’s incredibly troubling that a man who is constantly referred to as a member of Rahm Emanuel’s inner circle, who vacations with the mayor, according to the Chicago Sun Times columnist Mike Sneed, and [who] also is another city of Chicago resident is running for governor,” Dillard said.
To be honest with you, I despise Rahm Emanuel almost as much as Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard do. However, unlike Brady and Dillard, who don’t like Rahm because he’s a Democrat, I despise Rahm over his appointees on the Chicago School Board closing dozens of Chicago’s public schools and using demeaning language to refer to progressives a few years ago.
Back to my original point, the Republican Party clown car has returned for another gubernatorial election in Illinois. This time, there’s no telling how nasty the Republican attacks against each other will get.