Four years ago, I talked to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady before the annual summer Family PAC Cruise.
Personal PAC had just begun what turned out to be a relentless whacking of Brady on his Pro-Life position on abortion.
He was being labeled “an extremist.”
I told Brady that he had to reply.
He told me that his polling figures had actually increased since the ad went up.
After thinking about possible reasons for the counter intuitive results, I’m wondering if there was some small percentage of people who did not know he was Pro-Life who jumped to his side after seeing the ads.
Brady lost by 31,834 votes.
This year Bruce Rauner made his first McHenry County appearance at the Pro-Life Pig Roast at Irene Napier’s home.
All four GOP hopefuls attended.
I suggested (and told the other candidates as well, two then and another later) that he should play the abortion card against Governor Pat Quinn the way that Personal PAC had done against Brady—paint Quinn as the “extremist.”
Any Republican with guts enough to point out that a Personal PAC opponent favored allowing mothers to abort their children after 8 months of pregnancy would surely pin that label on his or her opponent.
Rauner gave that idea thought, but obviously decided against pursuing the strategy.
After I talked with Rauner that day, despite his stated refusal to talk about abortion during the campaign, I was satisfied with what he said he would do, if elected.
Now, Illinois Review has discovered that Rauner is talking about abortion in his campaign.
It’s on a cable TV ad.
A woman says, “Bruce doesn’t have a social agenda. He’s pro-choice and will leave the marriage equality law alone.”
The two sides of the abortion are “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life.”
An update to the article reads,
“After viewing the ad, Illinois Family Action’s executive director David E. Smith told Illinois Review, ‘I’m shaking my head as to what that ad says. The Democrats are doing all they can to get their base out to vote in November, but the Rauner campaign is doing everything they can to alienate their base.’”
Libertarian Party candidate Chad Grim is getting 5%.
If the Libertarian obtains 5% of the votes, the onerous petition threshold will not have to be met for statewide office for the next two election cycles because the Party would have gained the designation of an “established” Political Party.
8% are undecided.