Bruce Rauner talks about his candidacy for Governor at the NTRO Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.
Former Congressman Bob Dold was at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23 and asked NTRO to support his candidacy for Congress in 2014.
Three of the leading Gubernatorial candidates, Congressional candidate Bob Dold and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak were among the attendees at NTRO’s Wine and Cheese Party.
The event attracted a large crowd at Clarkson Park in Northfield, Sunday, June 23.
Candidates Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard each laid out their plans to restore Illinois’ fiscal and economic health before an overflow crowd at the New Trier Republican Organization’s (NTRO) Wine and Cheese Party. The Evanston GOP co-sponsored the event.
More than 150 people attended, a 50 percent increase over the crowd at last year’s election-year party. It was the second consecutive event in which NTRO has seen an attendance surge over last year, a promising sign of a Republican resurgence in 2014.
“The strong turnout was certainly due in part to the lineup of speakers we had,” NTRO Committeeman Bill Cadigan said. “I do think it’s also an indication of how people around here are fed up with the performance of the Democrats in Springfield.”
Former congressmen Dold keynoted the event. Dold has launched his campaign to retake the 10th District seat from Brad Schneider, and appealed to his friends in New Trier Township for help. The 10th District includes part of New Trier Township, but before Michael Madigan-engineered gerrymandering, New Trier Township was almost entirely in the 10th District.
Dold, who also celebrated his birthday Sunday, has been encouraged by the response he has received to his recent announcement that he will be running to recapture the 10th Congressional District seat lost after the Democrats drew districts to benefit their canddiates.
As for the Gubernatorial candidates, all three focused on the state’s fiscal mess and economic malaise. Rauner did not shy away from the influence the public-sector unions have in the state, pledging to take them on and act in the state’s best interests. Dillard, who said he will officially announce his candidacy next month, pointed to his time as Gov. Jim Edgar’s chief of staff, when the state’s credit rating increased for the only time in history, and when Michael Madigan was made House Minority Leader for a couple years.
State Senator Kirk Dillard addresses NTRO at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with NTRO members, including Andy Bulluck (right) at the Wine and Cheese Party June 23, 2013.
Rutherford acknowledged his potential primary opponents as “good friends,” but touted his statewide electability. Rutherford reminded the crowd that in a race down ballot, he received more votes for treasurer than Pat Quinn received for Governor.
Rutherford, Dillard and Rauner have each been familiar faces at NTRO events over the years and each enjoys healthy support in the township.
“I look forward to a healthy primary race,” Cadigan said. “I will not predict who will be our nominee for governor, but I am certain any of these three will be a better choice than a candidate named Daley, Madigan or Quinn.”