SPRINGFIELD, IL - State Sen. Kirk Dillard responded to GOP gubernatorial opponent Bruce Rauner's accusation earlier today that Dillard is in an alliance with Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to hijack the GOP Primary.
In a press release, Dillard campaign manager Glenn Hodas came out swinging, writing:
"Rauner’s correct when he says ‘someone’ is hijacking the Republican Party. HE is.
"Rauner is a Democrat in sheep’s clothing. Rauner doesn’t want GOP voters to know that he voted Democrat, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats to DEFEAT Republican candidates, and is on a first-name basis with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And let's not forget ... Rauner admits giving $300,000 to Ed Rendell, the head of the Democrat National Committee, because Rauner, “wanted to have influence with the head of the DNC.”
"Like a hedge-fund vulture, Bruce Rauner is staging a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Rauner reminds you of an Illinois Gordon Gecko, but with a cheap watch."
Dan Rutherford, another GOP gubernatorial candidate, also dismissed Rauner's accusation. Bill Brady has yet to respond.