A multi-millionaire exploring a bid for governor attempted to win over lawmakers during a visit to the state's capital city Wednesday.
Bruce Rauner hasn't officially declared his candidacy for governor, yet. He's got an exploratory committee, though, that his spokesman says has taken him on nearly 30 stops so far, from East St. Louis, to Champaign, Rockford to Vandalia. The spokesman confirms: his latest stop was in Springfield where sources say he met with nearly two dozen state legislators.
Mostly Republicans in the Illinois House.
One representative who attended the evening meeting, but who asked to remain unidentified,says Rauner said that because he's not a career politician, he'll say, and do, whatever he wants. The source says Rauner did not specify how much of his own fortune he'd be willing to put into a race.
Another legislator says the meeting did not go well, and that Rauner is clearly not "ready for big time." That lawmaker says Rauner threw House Republican Leader Tom Cross "under the bus" by insulting his plan to reduce the state's pension costs.