BLOOMINGTON - As reported here yesterday, State Sen. Bill Brady's lackluster fundraising is raising questions about the veteran lawmaker's ability to win the March 18th GOP gubernatorial primary. When asked about the campaign's financial position and about rumors that Brady may be a conservative vote splitter, Dan Egler (Brady's long-time campaign director and spokesman) told Illinois Review:
"Bill Brady will be outspent in this election, just as he was when he won the primary four years ago. In the last quarterly campaign filings, he had more cash on hand than Kirk Dillard. Brady is leading or in close second place in every public poll."
Speaking about Brady's opponent Bruce Rauner, Egler took the gloves off saying:
"Bruce Rauner is trying to buy this election and let his money speak for him. Illinois voters deserve honest dialogue and answers about his relationships with Mayor Emanuel and corrupt insider Stuart Levine. They are not going to be fooled by his Carhartt jacket and $18 watch."
Avoiding the questions about Brady's weak fundraising numbers, his depositing money in his state senate committee, and the talk about vote splitting, Egler told IR:
"Illinois voters know Brady has consistently supported efforts to bring more jobs and more opportunity to Illinois families. They likewise know Brady as a consistent fiscal and social conservative and the only candidate for governor who has steadfastly supported less government, lower taxes and social values. He does not change his position on issues for the hope of political gain, as others have suggested his opponents may have done."
No doubt similar candid communication can be expected as the March 18 Primary Election draws closer.