llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he didn’t know a candidate for Chicago mayor planned to hand out $200,000 to churchgoers at a service where the governor also spoke, a scene that prompted opponents to accuse the Republican of trying to buy votes for his own re-election.
Rauner, who’s facing a tough fight for a second term this fall, said he learned “after the fact” that Willie Wilson distributed the cash and checks at an African-American church Sunday morning and was “pretty upset” about it.
,br>”I think the idea of handing out cash if you’re a candidate for office is outrageous,” he said. “It should not happen.”
Critics questioned Rauner’s version of events, with Conservative Party governor candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann saying Rauner had reached “a new low.” The director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, state Rep. Christian Mitchell, called it “one of the most highly unethical campaign stunts Rauner has ever conducted.”