“I’ve said from the beginning that I believe Republicans should unite behind one candidate. We have an extraordinary opportunity to win the Governor’s race and transform the state. I know all the candidates extremely well and believe there’s a clear choice: Bruce Rauner,” Gidwitz said. “Bruce will energize Republicans and appeal to reform-minded Independents and Democrats because he knows we can cut government spending, create jobs, and take on a broken system in Springfield currently dominated by special interests.”
When Gidwitz says he knows all the candidates well, he's not kidding. In 2010 he served as the Dillard for Governor campaign chairman, and loaned the campaign nearly $200,000. Dillard is running against Rauner this time around, and records from the Illinois Board of Elections show his campaign still owes Gidwitz from the 2010 campaign.
Rauner's press release goes on: “Ron is tremendously respected in our Party and has been a long time leader. I am honored to have his support,” said Rauner. “Ron’s backing is a great boost to our efforts and will help grow our campaign’s momentum. Illinoisans are ready to shake up Springfield, and there is no doubt we can win.”
Gidwitz joins Elizabeth Christie and Jim Schultz as Co-Chairs of a campaign that already includes supporters like Anne and Ken Griffin, Mike Keiser, Jack Roeser, John Rowe, Dick Uihlein, and dozens of other important community and business leaders.