Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bruce Rauner: …As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

Quinn finds Vallas a nice job per a Rauner Press Release.

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014

Contact: Leili Doerr
(312) 288-1755

Rauner Grows Coalition…

Chicago preacher James Meeks backs Republican gubernatorial candidate:
“This former state senator is active as a leader in Chicago’s African-American community and also has considerable political clout. This gubernatorial election he is not throwing that clout behind the Democrat, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. Instead, Meeks is lining up behind Bruce Rauner…” (Fox News, 4/7/2014)

Continues Growing Coalition
Major Chicago black church leaders, all one-time Democrats, have endorsed Rauner, including the Reverend and former State Senator James Meeks, West Sider the Reverend Marshall Hatch and the South Side's Reverend Stephen Thurston. "I'm not looking at the party, I'm looking at the issues that are there," Thurston said… (ABC Chicago, 3/21/14)

…As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

APVallas joins team that includes top Blago aide and Quinn campaign donor:
“Gov. Pat Quinn is taking heat over his running mate's new job. Paul Vallas is joining DSI Civic Financial Restructuring, a Chicago-based firm specializing in government restructuring and reorganization. The company's CEO is Bill Brandt, whom Quinn re-appointed chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority. State records show Brandt gave Quinn's campaign $100,000 in December. John Filan, who was budget director under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is the company's vice president.” (Associated Press, 4/7/2014)

Chicago TribuneFormer Blago aide is Quinn “ally” who Quinn kept on state payroll:
Vallas joins a team that includes John Filan, another Quinn ally who was the state’s chief operating officer under ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Quinn kept Filan on the state payroll following Blagojevich’s 2008 ouster, much to the chagrin of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan who sought to remove hundreds of Blagojevich appointees. Filan resigned his post as executive director of the finance authority on July 1, 2009, but acted as a paid consultant for several months after that. (Chicago Tribune, 4/7/2014)

Sun-TimesRauner: Vallas hire by Quinn donor a 'Blagojevich-style move':
"Paul Vallas just helped Pat Quinn complete the transformation from self-styled reformer to another back-scratching Illinois politician in record time," Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Early & Often. "Over the last five years, Pat Quinn has given special deals and appointments to Brandt and Filan. Now, they're returning the favor in a Blagojevich-style move." (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/7/2014)

The Capitol Fax dubbed it “a sweet insider job.” (The Capitol Fax, 4/7/2014)

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