Sen. Bill Brady: Well, Bruce [Rauner] has done very well at business, some say he is a billionaire...but there is a big difference between running a hedge fund and running government. I have the business background... but I also have the legislative experience and the government experience to hit the ground running...
Tonight's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features State Senator and Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Bill Brady (Bloomington) debating and discussing the issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz. The show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.
You can also watch the show featuring Sen. Brady 24/7 on the web.
During the course of the show, Senator Brady explains why he thinks he is the best nominee to represent the Republican party in the Fall, 2014 general election for Governor. Senator Brady also argues for removing the state income tax completely and outlines how he would improve, substantially, the job and economy outlook in the State of Illinois. He also believes, in order to win the general election, the Republican nominee must not only attract independents and Democrats, but also energize the base of the Republican Party, something he believes he can do much better than his Republican Primary opponents: Rutherford, Rauner and Dillard.
Senator Brady explains why he is the best choice for his Party’s nomination for Governor
Jeff Berkowitz: ...Dillard was the Chief of Staff [for Governor Jim Edgar], so Dillard has that executive experience that you don’t have...
Sen.Bill Brady: First of all...Maria Rodriguez, my Lt. Gov running mate and I are the only consistent conservative ticket in this race. Senator Dillard is trying to play to the right but he has various things in his background that have not supported that consistency. To win as a Republican, I think you have to be in tune with the base of your party. That’s why it is so important to be that ...consistent conservative ticket in this race. Executive experience is when you are running something. The Chief of Staff doesn’t run something, the Governor does...we are the true conservative ticket that believes in less government, lower taxes- I have never supported increases in taxes on people [as Sen. Brady contends Senator Dillard has and Sen. Brady also points to Sen. Dillard cutting an ad for Barrack Obama that Sen. Brady contends helped Obama win the Presidential election in 2008; Senator Brady also points to Dillard’s support of a ten billion dollar Blagojevich pension bond sale as inconsistent with conservative principles] .
Sen. Brady: ...I was at the top of the ticket and I led the ticket [in 2010]. We were able to get a lot of people elected[ in Illinois]: three new congressmen, six new state house members, two new state senators-
Jeff Berkowitz: So, you are saying you elected Dan Rutherford State Treasurer?
Sen. Brady: I did a lot to bring the base of the Party out and Dan did win
Jeff Berkowitz: You lost by how much for Governor?
Sen. Brady: 30,000 votes
Jeff Berkowitz: So, if 15,000 people switch, you win?
Sen. Brady: That’s right. Now, there’s a big difference in running for Governor (and having 5 million dollars in negative ads thrown at you) [as opposed to] running for Treasurer [as Rutherford did in 2010]...
Sen. Brady: When it comes to running for Governor, I’m the only one that has a base of support for that office, we received almost 1.8 million votes for that office, we won 98 of 102 counties ...we’ve got the track record, we’ve earned the trust of a lot of people [for the Office of Governor; Brady argues that Rutherford’s win for Treasurer does not mean that Rutherford has a base of support for a run for Governor]. .
Jeff Berkowitz: What’s the major difference between you, Bill Brady, candidate for Governor and State Senator and Bruce Rauner, candidate for Governor and businessman
Sen. Brady: Well, Bruce has done very well at business, some say he is a billionaire...but there is a big difference between running a hedge fund and running government. I have the business background to bring to the table but I also have the legislative experience and the government experience to hit the ground running...As I said, I don’ t know that you hire the coach of the Blackhawks, as successful as he may be, to coach the Chicago Bears-typically someone would hire someone with some experience and background, particularly when it comes to being chief executive officer, or the Governor. .