In 2005, now-State Treasurer Dan Rutherford did a three-part interview with our editor. At the time, Rutherford was challenging Secretary of State Jesse White. While Rutherford lost to White in 2006, he went on to become state treasurer in 2010. He's now running for governor in 2014. The interview with Rutherford provided some background and insight into Rutherford's political views and his objectives in 2005. We thought it was worth the review from eight years ago
Life is a series of crossroads. Once you’ve made your choice, don’t look back.
So is the life philosophy of Illinois GOP’s 2006 nominee for Secretary of State.
Pontiac-born and raised, State Senator Dan Rutherford recently shared with Illinois Review a series of political crossroads he has encountered over his past 50 years living in central Illinois.
A graduate of Illinois State University, Rutherford, at age 25, was the nation’s youngest state executive director in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. Illinois wasn’t a red state or a blue state then, he says. Twenty-five years ago, Illinois reflected the mood of the nation, a bell-weather state.
Winning the state for Reagan started Rutherford down a path that has led to his own first statewide campaign.
We pick up in a three-part interview with Rutherford talking about the day after the 1980 national victory. Rest HERE