The gubernatorial campaign ahead

Mar 17, 2014

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to select their parties nominees for Illinois governor. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports on what kind of campaign we can expect to see in the months ahead.

Dave Lundy is a Democratic strategist who’s not working for any candidate running for governor. Lundy says the Democratic nominee’s campaign will probably look like the 2012 presidential race, in which the Republican nominee is portrayed as being so wealthy, he’s out of touch.

"What the goal is, is to try to alienate that candidate from the rest of us," says Lundy.

State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard want the Republican nomination. So does venture capitalist Bruce Rauner who described himself to the Sun-Times as in the .01 percent of wealthy people. Treasurer Dan Rutherford is also running.

Lundy points to a question at a recent Republican debate - about the biggest splurge the candidates have made - as to why the general election could look like 2012’s presidential race.

The candidates’ answers varied from a red Porsche convertible to a crystal chandelier to a dress - bought in Italy.

Meantime, incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is being challenged by anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman.