Battle for governor begins
Republican Bruce Rauner made one of his first official campaign stops as the GOP nominee for governor Wednesday at Chicago’s Union League.
Hours earlier his opponent, Governor Pat Quinn, came out swinging, airing a TV ad that blasts Rauner for a speech he made last December opposing the raising of the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour.
Rauner later retracted to say his words were taken out of context and he actually does support raising it.
But with the launch of Quinn’s ad his campaign strategy is unfolding as one of class warfare. He blasted the multimillionaire Winnetka businessman as elitist and out of touch with the working class.
But newcomer Rauner is no shrinking violet.
And as he has throughout his republican primary he took aim at Quinn and the entire democratic leadership in Springfield promising to be an agent of change.
He has a lot of material to work with. Illinois is drowning in debt, has unsustainable public pensions and the second highest jobless rate in the country.