OAK LAWN - Illinois Review's story last week about the Rauner campaign paying volunteers in Worth and Palos Townships to walk precincts prompted two stories in Chicago area news sources.
An email blast from Worth Township GOP chairman Shaun Murphy and Palos Township GOP's Sean Morrison saying the Rauner campaign was looking to pay precinct walkers up to $1000 per month was distorted, Murphy told the Southtown Star's Phil Kadner, who wrote:
Murphy said a recent story in a publication that focuses on politics distorted the efforts of volunteers working on behalf of Rauner.
The story contends that while Rauner’s campaign claims to have hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors, it is paying many of them, particularly in the south suburbs.
“We have jobs for six interns that will be paid for by the Rauner campaign,” Murphy said.
“They will get $1,000 for 100 hours of work knocking on doors in a month, or something like $600 for 50 hours. That’s a lot of time to devote to this sort of thing.
“But we have a lot more volunteers in the field in addition to that who are doing the same thing in their spare time.”'
Murphy's email didn't mention "interns" or a specified number of paid volunteers, simply "limited opportunities."
NBC's Ward Room picked up on the story as well. Mark Anderson opined about Rauner's campaign offering to pay precinct walkers this way:
Looked at another way, one could even say the entire Rauner campaign is one big hiring machine. I mean, how many Republican political operatives, precinct chairs, advertising executives, consultants, campaign staff and other employees does $10 million or $14 million or $20 million buy during a campaign?On the Rauner campaign web site, jobs is the number one issue the candidate hopes to highlight. In recent months, Rauner has made much hay over what he has said is Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed efforts to reduce unemployment, and his own jobs and economic plan.But to make sure he’s getting the most value from his campaign spending, maybe Bruce Rauner should just cut to the chase and call his entire campaign one big jobs program for Illinois.Maybe that way he can figure out how to claim his campaign spending as just another tax write-off for his personal fortune.
In the Southtown story, Cook County Board Commissioner and Orland Township GOP Chairman Liz Gorman and Palos Township GOP Chairman Sean Morrison take credit for getting Rauner the Cook County GOP endorsement and pushing Rauner to win, over former State Senator Kirk Dillard last March.