PONTIAC - Almost a month into the ongoing ILGOP primary petition drive, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's gubernatorial campaign staff noticed a problem with required wording missing from their petitions.
The petitions left out a notarized statement that they had been circulated "not more than 90 days preceding the last day for filing of the petitions" - wording required by law to be on each petition.
The development was kept quiet by the Rutherford campaign as they notified their organizaton they would have to start all over again to get the needed 10,000 "good" signatures for the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary. The situation would seem to conflict with Rutherford's claim that his experience in campaigning and office-holding are two reasons why he's the best GOP choice for 2014 among himself, Bruce Rauner, State Senator Kirk Dillard and State Senator Bill Brady.
But this year's debacle isn't the first time Rutherford has had trouble with petitions. As head of the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign, petition details were overlooked and Romney was nearly left off Illinois' GOP primary ballot. Politico wrote Romney's problems stemmed from relying on Rutherford:
Rutherford's attorney told Crain's Chicago that Rutherford's organization had plenty of time to gather the needed signatures, despite the setback.
Mitt Romney’s vaunted organization nearly failed him in Illinois, where he only remained eligible for delegates on the ballot after a negotiated truce between his campaign and Rick Santorum’s people.
The problems stem from the campaign relying on Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He struggled to acquire enough signatures to qualify for Romney’s delegates and then had the statement of candidacy notarized out of state, which the Santorum campaign challenged despite having its own statement of candidacy notarized in Iowa.