State senator and gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard said Thursday that Rahm Emanuel is trying to help his old friend Bruce Rauner lock up the Republican primary. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to help his friend Bruce Rauner win the crowded Republican primary for governor by endorsing incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard charged Thursday.
Dillard offered that Machiavellian theory, one day after Emanuel endorsed Quinn for re-election, in spite of his rocky relationship with the governor and his close friendship with Rauner, the millionaire venture capitalist challenging Dillard for the GOP nomination.
“Rahm is very smart. He knows he helps Rauner in a Republican primary by strongly endorsing Quinn,” Dillard said Thursday.
As a loyal Democrat, Dillard said Emanuel is always going to pay lip service to the Democratic nominee.
But, he said, “I suspect he’s really rooting for Bruce Rauner. . . . Bruce Rauner is the man who made Rahm Emanuel rich right after he left the Clinton administration. Chicago Magazine just had a story with pictures of the two vacationing together. He’s a member of Rahm Emanuel’s inner circle. . . . That cozy relationship is problematic governmentally. It’s too close for comfort.”
Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf acknowledged that Rauner and Emanuel are friends, school reform allies and business associates and that their “families are on friendly terms.”
But he scoffed at Dillard’s claim that the mayor was embracing Quinn to help Rauner.