Reacting to a barrage of negative press, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner went on the offensive today, citing the national and state GOP's denunciation of labor union money in the Illinois GOP primary and asking if his opponents Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford are working in coordination with Democrat Governor Pat Quinn.
In a press release, Rauner says the Republican Governors Association has called the coordinated investment of union money into the GOP gubernatorial primary an “outrageous act of despair,” and the Illinois GOP condemned it as “a blatant disregard for the voters of Illinois.”
The Rauner campaign condemned the silence of his GOP opponents on the matter, speculating they may be working with Gov. Quinn.
“Republican primary voters deserve to know whether Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, and Dan Rutherford are working together with Pat Quinn and his allies to try to hijack the Republican primary,” said Chip Englander, campaign manager for Rauner. “Will they side with grassroots Illinois Republicans who want to choose our party's nominee, or will they side with Pat Quinn's efforts to attack Bruce Rauner?”
“The longer they stay silent, the more obvious it is that they condone and encourage this Democratic partisan attempt to meddle in the Republican primary," Englander added.
“Local Republican leaders and grassroots activists aren’t about to let Pat Quinn’s allies subvert the Republican primary, and neither should any of the other candidates running for governor,” Englander concluded.