Skip to comments.Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor's seat
Posted on 03/07/2014 4:30:18 PM PST by mandaladon
(Reuters) - Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for president in every election since 1992 and for governor since 2002. But this year Republicans, finding a weak incumbent in Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, see an opening.
The Republican front-runner ahead of the March 18 primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, has emerged as a deep-pocketed and potentially formidable rival. The Republican National Committee already has staff on the ground in Illinois and plans to add more this spring.
Quinn eked out a victory four years ago by less than 1 percentage point and his job approval rating has hovered around 34 percent as voters complain about the state's anemic job growth and hobbled economic recovery. In recent months, Quinn's fortunes have improved thanks to passage of a pension reform bill and after former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, brother of the longtime Chicago mayor, abandoned a short-lived primary challenge. But political insiders still view Quinn as vulnerable.
"Quinn is in deep trouble and the closer we get to November, the more vulnerable he looks," said RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney.
Public Policy Polling has called Quinn's re-election chances a "toss-up," while the Cook Political Report favors Quinn based on Democrats' heavy registration advantage in the state, much of that in the state's largest city, Chicago.
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Sounds similar to the opportunity to take over a bankrupt company as CEO.
Why bother? The legislature would still be deep Rat, you would have to deal with Chicago. And everything would the fault of the GOP governor.
Ah yes, the candidate will promptly "compromise" and "move to the middle" so as to not scare off those precious independents and moderates, who might (gasp!) vote for the real Marxist Dem anyway.
I hope he loses. The only IL Republican who should get support is Truax against Turbin' Durbin for the Senate.
Rauner may be a Republican, but not a conservative.
What a grand opportunity. Replace the Governor and put the Mayor in prison, in keeping with Chicago traditions. Maybe even the Mayor’s ill mannered brother could go with him. Then remind everyone that Hillary is a Chicago trained protege of Bill Ayers.
Don’t wake me up yet. This dream is too delicious.
Reps “seize” while lefties “win”
“The only IL Republican who should get support is Truax against Turbin’ Durbin for the Senate.”
I like him too.
Another wave governorship? Could help us big time in redistricting the state.
If elected, will the Republican governor make serious efforts to clean up the corruption in Chicag-hole? Illinois has largely become a punch line because of all the shady goings-on in their most populous city. Time to take out the trash!
I don’t care if he’s a Martian. When the other candidates join forces to run ads against him and call themselves “Reliable Republicans”, I know he is the right choice. If he doesn’t win, we may as well stay with the RAT we’ve got.
It’s a trap!
As soon as an Illinois RINO iselected, there will be a complete financial collapse of Illinois, to be blamed on the pubbies, by the MSM megaphone.
The Combine. There is nothing in American politics more evil than this.
It is every collusion and corruption of Rinos and Dems made systematic and institutional.
He has no connection to the Combine. That’s why he’s getting my vote. I don’t care if he strangled old people to death with his bare hands and sold the bodies to make Soylent Green.
Quinn is a weak sister with a big mouth so taking him out should be a priority.
Then the Governor can set up commissions to investigate Bill Ayer’s educational projects, Obama’s very strange and possibly illegal “buying” of his house and land from someone other than Rezko, the Communist Party connections of Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill), and demand that Obama turn over his real birth certificate to show that he is actually eligible to run for any political office in Illinois.
Just dreaming but.....
In fact, it won't matter matter if a Republican wins, or WHICH of the Republicans wis. Mike Madigan, IL Speaker of the House (D-Chicago) has a lock-grip on this state. Unless Madigan gets voted out which is IMPOSSIBLE there's no chance of saving this state.
Any Republican who might beat the incompetent Pat Quinn won't be able to do squat while Madigan runs the Illinois House.
His Campaign Manager is a crook, as is the media polling company he's employed for his campaign.
Ask yourself why someone would spend upwards of $8m OF HIS OWN MONEY to fund a campaign to win an election for an office that pays under $200k/year.
It ain't because he loves Illinois, and he's not going to be a benevelent Governor. He does business with the State, he's just gonna route more to the companies he owns or has interest in if he wins.
He's a crook, his campaign manager is a crook, everyone he associates with are crooks.
I refuse to vote in this corrupt bullshit system in Illinois. I'm outta here in 2 years anyway, good luck.
If You KNOW Rauner, Then It’s NO Rauner
Are they already preparing a cell in the State Prison for him, along with all the other ex-Governors?
Republicans selling out to Rahm’s billionaire in GOP race
CHICAGO, Illinois Apri1 4, 2013 - The Illinois GOP was already a mess before top donors and advisors to Rahm Emanuel began waging their hostile takeover. One of them is also running for governor
as a Republican.
Fund managers are in the business of valuation, of buying up depressed assets, and selling them for profit. And make no mistake about it. With the Illinois Republican Party in shambles, its political assets are selling cheap these sad days. Dirt cheap.
Like a Detroit strip mall.
So whos buying and, more importantly, why?
One of those venture - some would say vulture - capitalists is Bruce Rauner, who has wasted no time forming an exploratory committee for governor. According to State Board of Elections reports, the former GTCR chairman has raised more than $1.3 million in funds - most of them from out-of-state contributors. He says he plans to put $50 million of his own money into his GOP bid.
GOP operatives in Illinois are salivating. Rauner is a guy who can line some serious pockets. A number of conservative leaders and non-profit Illinois policy wonks have been falling over themselves touting Rauner, hats in their hands, hoping for a Rauner rich payout.
In the wake of the disastrous 2012 elections, more Republicans - national ones too - are abandoning ship, abandoning principles in return for cold hard cash. Its every man for himself as the desperate sell-off - or sell-out - continues.
Its a deal with the devil and they know it. But, they reason, if the devil is paying you, who cares?
Republican voters might.
Rauners firms purchase of SecurityLink from SBC Ameritech was one of the first big deals Rahm Emanuel put together after his sudden conversion to investment banker in the 1990s. The SBC deal would not have happened but for Rahms insider connections to the Clinton White House.
According to the Chicago Tribune at the time, a Clinton-era regulatory deadline would have forced SBC to divest itself of SecurityLink. Instead, SBC financed all but $100 million of GTCRs $479 million purchase of the firm. Less than six months later, GTCR, under Rauners leadership, resold the company for $1 billion, earning a quick $500 million on its investment.
In a two year stint, Rahm picked up $16.2 million in fees and was made managing director of the investment banking firm Wasserstein Perella. No experience required. Emanuel had never had a job outside of politics before.
Rauner has been a close friend, key advisor, and donor to Emanuel ever since.
But that wasnt to be Rauners first encounter with Democrat pay-to-play politics.
Reports have been surfacing about Rauners contributions to Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. According to Crains, Rauner sent Rendell a check for $200,000 in 2001 after meeting with his aides in Chicago. Just before the election Rendell received another $100,000 check.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rauners firm was already managing $110 million in pension funds for the State Employee Retirement System in Pennsylvania before the election. After Rendell became governor, the state doubled its stake in GTCR funds to $226 million, earning the firm more than $4 million in fees.
If a candidates past speaks volumes about what he would do in office, Rauners must have been Blagojevichs pay-to-play primer.
Campaign finance records also reveal that Rauner and his wife have are longtime major contributors to Democrats and Democrat party committees.
Despite this, Rauner is painting himself as the outsider reformer candidate for governor. He has blanketed social media with a campaign to convince Illinois GOP voters that he is one of them.
You like Harleys? Fishing? Hunting? Then youll like my page, reads one Facebook ad with a photo of Rauners grinning mug.
The ad is insulting as it is cynical. Its the kind of ad you would expect from a close friend of Rahm Emanuel who thinks the GOP is nothing but a bunch of yokels.
In March, Rauner released the names of his board of advisors - among them Citadels Ken Griffin, another major donor to Rahm Emanuel.
Griffin and his wife, Anne, contributed more than $200,000 to Emanuels mayoral campaign in 2011. Griffin, who calls himself a Reagan Republican, also bundled more than $200,000 for Barack Obama in 2008. In the same election year, he donated to John McCains presidential campaign.
According to the Chicago Reader, the contributions have bought Ken Griffin regular hour-long private meetings with Mayor Emanuel.
With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?
What does all this reveal about the kind of man Rahms friend Bruce Rauner is? That he is a man Illinois GOP voters can trust? That he is a reformer? That he will change the status quo political system?
No, just the opposite.
All of these troubling questions about Rauner & Co. are being quickly dismissed by the GOP political establishment. The smell of potential cash is a powerful corruptor.
The Republican leaders who have already sold their souls to Rahms dear friend had better be careful.
Ive heard the mark-up on corrupted Republican souls is pretty steep.
Another in a long line of politicians of both parties anxious to get in there and make those Illinois license plates.
Fact: Rauner made all of his money giving thousands to Democrats in return for earning millions in managing union pension plans. He is a hypocrite on union issues.
Fact: Rauner is openly pro-abortion and cagey on the issue of gay marriage but says he supports same sex civil unions. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax predicts he will support gay marriage after the primary.
Fact: Rauner is Rahm’s best friend and has been his close political ally for decades. Rahm’s staff has made it clear he wants Rauner to win the governor’s office. One thing Rauner will be pushing through is Rahm’s casino.
Fact: Rahm got Rauner’s firm an FCC exemption to allow the SBC deal to go through - earning Rauner’s firm 1/2 billion in six months - using Rahm’s insider connections.
Fact: Rauner gave Democrat Ed Rendell thousands of dollars in his campaign for governor in Pennsylvania and when Rendell was elected, Rauner’s firm received millions in state pension fee business.
Fact: Rauner used his clout to get his daughter into Walter Payton Prep when she didn’t have the test scores she needed.
Fact: Rauner has given $500K to the Illinois Policy Institute. A Roeser employee said that Rauner has given $500K to Roeser. State Board of Election reports say that Rauner gave Roeser $30K just last fall alone.
Fact: Illinois Policy Institute’s Elizabeth Christie is Rauner’s co-finance chair along with Ron Gidwitz - who heavily funded Joe Walsh’s campaign in 2012.
Fact: Joe Walsh just had a town hall with Rauner and now John Tillman is having a joint appearance with Rauner. Walsh’s main radio sponsor - Dick Uihlein was also on Rauner’s advisory committee for governor and his heavily supporting his campaign. Uihlein is Tillman/Proft’s main donor - almost completely responsible for their funding.
Fact: Until last week, Tillman’s associate Bob Costello was the treasurer of Bruce Rauner’s term limits initiative
Fact: Rauner has also given money to for the Good of Illinois and Adam escorted Rauner to a pro-life dinner in Spring.
Fact: Self-proclaimed conservative leaders are selling out and confusing tea party members and not talking about his background and some of them are getting paid to do it.
Fact: Bruce Rauner is worse than a RINO - he’s Rahm Emanuel’s Democrat in the GOP race for governor.
Fact: Tea party conservatives should be very resentful, angry, and betrayed that these so-called “conservative” leaders are being well-paid to help Rahm’s pal Bruce Rauner win the nomination
Bruce Rauner ad: “Shake the Sham”
Do you mean “RINOs?”
Rauner takes the Combine to a whole new level. But at least Rahm will sleep easy.
In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor’s seat, chicagolady wrote:
Republicans selling out to Rahms billionaire in GOP race
Good stuff! Was worried you were for this piece of work. From my remote location suspected fishy smell. Urged Rutherford to unload on him but I had my share of trying to work with the “Trib” when there were partisan campaigns to know differently. They gave the story to the guy who wound up being Obama’s press guy much later. Who ran the expose the day after the election. Brady is the only choice left....
What’s different this time from any other? Whoever the Combine wants will win.
The demodummies have nothing to worry about, voter fraud will keep the governorship for them once again.
I live near Chicago, and I disagree with the headline. In Nov., Gov. Quinn will get 52%-53% of the vote. Since the race won’t be close, I’ll probably vote for the Constitution Party candidate.
Considering the shape the state is in the question has to be, why would they want it?