By DOUG IBENDAHL • September 2, 2014
It appears Bruce Rauner isn’t so “outraged” and “appalled” about those openly armed men deployed for his benefit after all.
The Rauner camp is continuing its fight to keep the Libertarian Party’s slate of statewide candidates off the November ballot. Last week on August 27, a petition for judicial review was filed with the Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield, seeking to reverse the Illinois State Board of Election’s ruling of August 22.
The appeal was filed the day before Rauner told reporters he was “outraged” and “appalled” over multiple reports that Rauner supporters employed openly armed men in an effort to get Libertarian Party petition signers and circulators to recant their previously sworn representations.
The Libertarian Party last week filed criminal complaints with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Governor Pat Quinn has also called for a full investigation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rauner apparently hasn’t lifted a finger to clean up his own house. At his August 28 press conference, Rauner claimed ignorance and pointed all fingers at the Illinois Republican Party – despite the fact that at least one of Rauner’s salaried campaign staffers was working closely with the armed muscle.
Now that Rauner’s camp has moved the ballot access fight to Springfield, it will be interesting to see what kind of “ammunition” his muscle employs next.
Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.