CHICAGO - Another Democrat - this one a former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate - is backing a Republican for Governor in Illinois.
In 2004, Chicago multi-millionaire Blair Hull spent $28 million in the Democrat Party's U.S. Senate primary campaign, and after being pressured by opponent Barack Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod to go public with sordid divorce details, Hull lost to Obama. Obama went on to win the U.S. Senate seat that November after Republican Jack Ryan stepped away from the race, and the IL GOP brought in Alan Keyes.
And as they say, the rest is history.
Ten years later, Hull is supporting a Republican for governor - Bruce Rauner. Hull wrote a check for $5000 to Rauner's campaign in April, for "emotional support," he told the Sun-Times.
“I admire wealthy people who want to serve,” Hull told the Sun-Times in an interview last week. “I admire people like Michael Bloomberg, and I think he did a great job. People who are wealthy can really do what they believe, they can push for the right reforms.”
Hull likes Rauner's approach to politics, including the bi-partisan approach of No Labels in Washington DC, a political action group co-founded by Republican former Governor Jon Huntsman and Democrat U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.
“[No Labels] is an attempt to get Republicans and Democrats to work together and pass the things that they agree on,” he said. “I also do think that Bruce has progressive social values. I think that he’s less corruptible than others. He can do the right thing. He doesn’t need to get re-elected again. I think our chances of creating change that’s meaningful for our society is through an independent voice.”