Dillard spins possible gaff made at Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial forum
UPDATE x1: The Dillard campaign is spinning a confusing remark made by the candidate at Tuesday's forum. A campaign spokesman responded (H/T: Capitol Fax) stating:
"Dillard misspoke. Clearly, Dillard’s campaign received an IEA contribution in the 2010 campaign, as the campaign disclosed in its filing with the State Board of Elections. Dillard was referring to the current campaign, when he mentioned that he hadn’t received a contribution from the IEA yet this year."
The video shows Dillard actually re-stating the question. Speaking directly to the questioner, Margie Bonuchi, he says:
"First of all you said it was 2010 that the teachers gave me that money...haven't seen it yet, and...ah...don't know if its coming."
It still seems a bit unclear how he was "referring to the current campaign". But the video is below. IR readers can decide what they hear and what it means. At the very least, it shows there is more than one GOP candidate with a propensity for on-camera gaffs.
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PLAINFIELD - At Tuesday night's GOP gubernatorial forum, Plainfield Township GOP Committeewoman Margie Bonuchi asked State Sen. Kirk Dillard why he accepts public-sector union support, and how that affects his policy positions and votes (video below).
Dillard began his response to the question by seeming to deny ever getting $250,000 from the Illinois Education Association (IEA) in his 2010 gubernatorial bid, although the Illinois State Board of Elections report shows the following:
Over the years, Dillard has received finanical donations from union PACs such as the IEA, IPACE, American Federation of Teachers Local 604, Association of Firefighters, and Chicago Federation of Labor, among others: