One day after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he could not yet support Donald Trump for President, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner quickly followed suit. Rauner said he would not endorse the presumptive GOP nominee or attend the national GOP convention in Cleveland.
Yet Rauner had no problem endorsing Rahm Emanuel for re-election as Chicago’s Mayor in 2015.
In fact, Rauner lobbied for Rahm, his longtime friend and business partner, behind-the-scenes. Forced into a historic runoff that could have put the kibosh on his political career, Emanuel desperately needed GOP votes and dollars and – thanks to Rauner – he got them.
Rauner and Rahm even share donors like Citadel hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin. Griffin donated $4.6 million to Rauner’s campaign and use of his private jet. Griffin has also contributed hundreds of thousands to Emanuel’s political coffers and enjoys weekly private meetings with the mayor. He previously bundled thousands for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run too.
After he was elected, Rauner quickly peppered his transition team with Democrat political insiders. He named Bill Daley — former White House chief of staff to President Obama and son of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley — to his transition team.
His dealings with Daley go way back to 2001 when GTCR, in purchasing a company from SBC Communications, tapped Rahm to secure an FCC exemption from the Clinton White House. The deal scored GTCR a half billion dollars in six months and made Rahm a millionaire. Daley was the President of SBC at the time.
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