CHICAGO - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner can't catch a break on the abortion issue.
Over the years, his wife Diana has given thousands of dollars to Illinois' pro-abortion political action committee Personal PAC. While his wife Diana says on ads that Rauner has "no social agenda," her husband told Crain's he is "for abortion rights." The GOP nominee told Women for Rauner that he's for a "woman's right to choose" - a position one would expect Personal PAC would to applaud.
But that's not how Personal PAC's literature reports on the two candidates for governor. Personal PAC says, "The facts and the choice are clear: If the Rauner/Sanguinetti ticket wins - the Women of Illinois lose!"
Personal PAC partially bases their endorsement of Democrat incumbent Governor Pat Quinn on these points they see as negative about Rauner:
- In 2013, Rauner said he supported some restrictions on abortions. Personal PAC demands no restrictions.
- Rauner’s picked a prolife running mate. Personal PAC will not support any team with a candidate concerned about abortions.
- Neither Rauner nor his LG team mate Evelyn Sanguinetti have voiced support for the Birth Control Referendum on the November 4th ballot, said to undo the "horrible damage of the Hobby Lobby decision."
- Rauner gave to a foundation that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Hobby Lobby decision.
- Rauner donated to Tea Party-affiliated organizations.
- The Rauners have given money to Republican candidates that are prolife.
- Rauner helped Bill Brady raise funds for his 2010 gubernatorial candidacy.