One of the things we don’t like about all too many politicians is they pander. The latest case in point: Bruce Rauner, the billionaire now running for Illinois Governor on the Republican Party ticket.
During an interview with our reporter Matt Schury last week, Rauner said with a straight face, “I’m a middle class guy-I didn’t inherit money, I was a middle class kid. I worked my way through school, I worked at restaurants-I was a bus boy, I was a short order cook, I was a waiter. In college I was a radio news guy and I was a breakfast chef.
“We don’t doubt that Rauner worked several menial jobs while he was in school. But we’re guessing as the son of a senior vice president for the Motorola Corporation growing up in affluent north suburban Deerfield, Rauner likely didn’t have to worry too much about getting enough hours in his part-time jobs to cover his tuition, room and board while attending two Ivy League schools, Dartmouth College and Harvard University.
Instead of trying to make himself out to be someone he’s not, Rauner would be a much more authentic candidate if he “owned” the fact that, as the son of an upper class family, he was smart enough and talented enough to take full advantage of all the opportunities that were afforded to him.
But Rauner’s failure to acknowledge his comfortable upbringing and his further pandering to voters on a host of issues-who wouldn’t want their property taxes frozen?-are more than enough to convince us he can’t be trusted.
And this is not to say we want another four years of Pat Quinn in the Governor’s Mansion. We haven’t liked Quinn since he led the successful drive to downsize the Illinois General Assembly 30 years ago. That effort served only to enable the state’s de facto ruler, Democrat House Leader Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to further consolidate his stranglehold over the General Assembly.
When it comes to the Illinois governor’s race, we don’t like either of these two turkeys and we strongly suspect many voters feel the same way. Unfortunately, one of them will win in November.