OAK LAWN - Bruce Rauner's campaign manager Chip Englander said in an email to supporters Sunday that the GOP gubernatorial candidate is committed to a "people-powered campaign or no campaign at all."
And since the Chicago media has already spilled the beans about the grassroots effort Rauner is launching, Englander tells more:
"Well, we’ve tried to keep under wraps the grassroots machine we’ve built as a counterpoint to the insiders' powerful political machine that’s been around for decades," Englander wrote. "We’re work horses, not show horses. But what we’re doing is so big and so unprecedented that reporters and the political class have taken notice..."
Indeed, Englander says, "Thousands of volunteers are walking doors, making calls, and reaching out to their friends and neighbors" for Rauner votes.
Perhaps there are thousands of Rauner volunteers elsewhere, but in at least two southwest Cook County townships, Rauner is paying people to walk precincts.
Both Palos Township GOP Chairman Sean Morrison and Worth Township GOP Chairman Shaun Murphy sent out emails this past week, telling their members about opportunities to be paid to walk precincts for Rauner.
The program offers limited opportunities, beginning immediately, Murphy wrote in his email.
"The program will continue for the next several weeks, up to the election," he said. "The positions will be filled on a first come bases, with productivity the determinate factor for its continuation. The compensation will be $1000 for 100 hours a month or $500 for 60 hours a month."
Morrison's email offered a similar opportunity to walk for Rauner in Palos Township.
"Due to available funding, in a joint coordination effort of the Palos Organization and the Rauner for Governor campaign, we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer a paid precinct walker program," Morrison wrote.
Morrison offers the same compensation schedule as Murphy's for any person 17 years and older.
Besides helping the Rauner campaign, Worth Township Chairman Murphy is challenging State Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) in November.