Republican candidate for Illinois Governor Kirk Dillard today responded to Bruce Rauner's comment that Rauner's vast wealth puts him not just in the top one percent of America's richest people, but also in the top .01 percent.
"Oh I'm probably .01 percent," Rauner told the Chicago Sun-Times when a reporter suggested Rauner's personal wealth of roughly $1 billion puts him in the top one percent of the wealthiest Americans.
The Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner.
Don't tell that to Bruce Rauner, the multi-millionaire private equity investor and multi-millionaire, the man who would like to be the next governor of Illinois. Rauner took issue with the question in an interview with Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times.
Rauner was quickly perturbed when asked if the comparisons are true, that he is the "Mitt Romney of Illinois politics."
"I am a very different person from Mitt Romney," Rauner said. "I drink beer. I smoke a cigar. I use a gun. I ride a Harley. My grandparents lived in a double-wide trailer. I’m a salesman. He’s an analyst."
Hi main opponent, State Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, is not only offended, but he is not surprised. "For once he's being honest," Dillard said. "But let's be clear, it's not his wealth that's in question, it's how he's made his money. Whether it's having Stu Levine, the Blagojevich corruption mastermind, working for one of his companies or donating $300,000 to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and then seeing his investment business double from that state, Bruce Rauner has a history of pay to play."
But Dillard said voters won't buy what Rauner's selling, especially from someone so out of touch with the average Illinois resident. "There's no way someone who admits being in the top .01 of America's richest people can relate to working families," Dillard said. "How can someone with nine luxury homes relate to someone struggling to make ends meet? The answer is obvious: he can't."
Other related pieces about Bruce Rauner by John Presta:
Chicago Sun Times - Early and Often, Bruce Rauner profile
Kirk Dillard campaign interview
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