The candidates for governor are ratcheting up the rhetoric over who has the worse circle of friends.
Governor Pat Quinn started the ball rolling by blasting GOP opponent Bruce Rauner. Rauner spoke at a Springfield event Tuesday night where longtime Republican powerbroker Bill Cellini was in attendance and appeared to endorse Rauner. It was a rare appearance for Cellini in the aftermath of his prison term for corruption charges.
Rauner declined to comment on Cellini’s support, promping Quinn to accuse Rauner of still trying to curry favor with Cellini. But Rauner soon fired back, saying Quinn has no room to talk… since he ran for election twice as Rod Blagojevich’s running mate.
Meanwhile, both Quinn and Rauner are committed to attending that event in Chicago before hundreds of members of the Illinois Education Association. IEA President Cinda Klickna will put questions to both candidates.
The union has been openly hostile to Rauner… who has often criticized “corrupt union bosses” and accused them of improperly influencing state officials. But there’s also no love lost between the IEA and Quinn for his pension reform law.