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IEA endorses [Dillard in the Republican Primary] for governor (by Fred Klonsky)
"Today the Illinois Education Association will announce its
endorsement of Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for governor of Illinois.
Kirk Dillard is a current Republican Illinois State Senator who voted no on
Senate Bill 1 – pension theft. (A reader writes: 'Dillard’s Lt. Gov. running
mate is Representative Jil Tracy who was a member of the Gang of 10.
Tracy voted YES on SB1').
"But aside from that Dillard is a right-wing Republican who has
opportunistically shifted further and further right since the IEA endorsed him
and gave him a check for a quarter million dollars the last time he ran. He
lost that election for the Republican nomination for governor to Tea Party
Republican Bill Brady. Dillard learned from that election that he would not let
Brady get on his right flank ever again.
"I’m not sure Dillard will use this endorsement in his
advertisements aimed at the Illinois Republican base, which isn’t in love with
teacher unions. There are no good choices in the Republican Party and only Pat Sqeeezy Quinn on the Democratic
"This is all driven by the fear of Bruce Rauner, billionaire friend
of Democrats and Republicans, who is spending millions of dollars to buy the
governor’s mansion. The state’s unions are spending huge amounts of money to
defeat Rauner. They have established the Illinois Freedom PAC and are
funding it with millions of dollars for
amateurish TV commercials.
"But this effort appears to be too pitiful too little too late.
Rauner has a twenty point lead in the polls and the election is March 18 with
early voting beginning the first week in March. Thousands of dollars of
teachers’ money going to Dillard who is dead last in the polls and chairman of
ALEC: "Money well spent? "And sources tell me that an IEA endorsement of Squeezy in November is a lock. It is just so depressing and sad."