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Letter: ‘Billionaire Bruce’

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The three GOP office-holders vying to become the GOP gubernatorial candidate – state Sen. Kirk Dillard, state Sen. Bill Brady and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford – might as well toss in the towel today. Businessman Bruce Rauner, who has more million dollar domiciles than most men have suits, has just wrapped up the GOP nod with about three months to the primary. 

How? Simply by dropping just one of his one thousand millions of dollars on TV ads that have vaulted this money mogul, previously unknown to the general public, into a lead he’ll never relinquish. Dillard, Brady and Rutherford – aka “The Three Paupers” – don’t have a chance. They have no money to counter the cool $1.5 mill pocket change of Billionaire Bruce that has left their campaigns in tatters. With much left to spend, Billionaire Bruce can avoid debates on substantive issues as he hides behind a blizzard of greenbacks. 

Truth be told, my moniker “Billionaire Bruce” may represent a bit of satiric hyperbole as neither I (nor anyone else outside the Rauner fiefdom, for that matter) can certify Billionaire Bruce is truly a billionaire. All he’ll offer is that he made a nifty $53 million last year alone (over a 20th of a billion) and that he’s worth “hundreds of millions.” It is understandable that he wouldn’t disclose that he truly is a billionaire, as “B” for billionaire is the scarlet letter of billionaires buying high office. 

Billionaire Bruce may be a smart guy and may have the interests of the state at heart. But blasting his formerly better known contenders out of the gubernatorial race with limitless millions is a disgusting perversion of our democratic form of representative government and should be resisted by all who cherish it. I have two suggestions for Billionaire Bruce: either drop out of the race, or give just one million of your fabulous fortune to each of your three contenders to give them a smidgeon of hope come March 18.

Walt Zlotow

Glen Ellyn

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