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Rauner's Reach: Union Goes After Gubernatorial Candidate
Bruce Rauner, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford: with these four candidates all bets are off. Each of the four Republicans wants the top spot as Governor of Illinois. As we inch closer to the March 18th primary, there will be more of the candidates pointing out their own strengths and the competition's weaknesses. We can expect others to chime in, too.
"In a four-way race where people are trying to distinguish themselves and clearly a lot of the buzz is around Bruce Rauner because he has such a large amount of money and has been advertising," UIS Political Science professor Dr. Kent Redfield said.
Battleground Polling results from June of 2013 showed Rauner with the least likely chance of gaining support among republican candidates in the 2014 general election, but time changes everything. Now growing in popularity Rauner, a wealthy businessman, has more to worry about than just other candidates. At least one labor organization wants to take the campaign out of Rauner's reach.
"You've got a person here- extremely wealthy man who's going to dominate the airwaves and so what the public gets on TV maybe isn't necessarily what the truth is," Illinois AFL-CIO spokesman Bill Looby said.
The last quarterly report from the State Board of Elections shows Rauner with $396-thousand on hand. Rauner's come out as publicly being against unions, and that's what AFL-CIO wants its members to know.
"In his case he's-- you know with his stances on minimum wage and his scape goating unions and their membership, we just feel like that it's important for us to take a stand here," Looby said.
We asked Dr. Redfield if the stand could work.
"This is very difficult... to come in as an interest group that doesn't usually play in republican primaries and try to affect the outcome and there's always the danger that you're going to produce a sympathy vote," he said.
Meanwhile, Looby Says this isn't just about party ties. Locally, AFL-CIO supports Republicans like Judy Baar Topinka, Raymond Poe, and Rich Brauer. In the race for governor though-- they are throwing their support behind a Democrat, current Governor Pat Quinn.