CHICAGO - The weak spot in 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady's campaign was the Chicago suburbs. Female voters in Chicago's wealthy northern suburbs supported Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk that year, but couldn't bring themselves to vote for the socially conservative Brady.
Rauner may not be as strong in central and southern Illinois as Brady was in 2010, so his campaign advisors are focused on grabbing those votes Brady didn't - those female voters and independents in Chicago's suburbs.
The Rauner campaign is now featuring Mrs. Rauner - "a lifelong Democrat" as she describes herself. The campaign introduced her with her husband in their last TV ad. In a new one released Friday, Mrs. Rauner talks to fellow women voters about her husband with an impetus on Illinois future - avoiding the sticky topic of social issues.
"Bruce doesn't have a social agenda, he has an economic and education agenda," Mrs. Rauner says in the ad. "He'll be a warrior for our children and taxpayers."