Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner wasn’t in attendance. He has a huge financial lead over the other Republicans, and has committed to other forums.
Rauner’s absence left him open for criticism from Treasurer Dan Rutherford who says Republican primary voters want a familiar face, not...
"Someone that has not showed up at the State Fair for Republican Day the first time because they’re running for governor."
State Senator Kirk Dillard:
"Rahm Emanuel wouldn’t be mayor of Chicago today without Bruce Rauner."
And State Senator Bill Brady says Rauner has shown:
"The height of arrogance."
Rauner’s no-show also didn’t sit well with voter Mike Daum.
"I’ve had him on my Facebook. I’ve liked him. I may unlike him after this."
Daum doesn’t know which candidate he’ll support. But he says if a Democrat wins come November, he knows a real estate agent in Indiana.