Rutherford launching ads this week, not dropping out
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter February 5, 2014 1:40PM
Updated: February 5, 2014 2:15PM
Rutherford says in a statement that he’s happy to get a piece of the airwaves that are now dominated by “a billionaire bully.”
“We have the resources to bring our message directly to the voters,” said Rutherford in the statement. “No longer will the television and radio space be dominated by a ‘billionaire bully’ who feels his money entitles him to the nomination.”
The first 30-second spot, released to the Sun-Times, appears to be a truncated version of focuses on jobs in Illinois and is cut right out of a longer video he posted to his Web site late last year.
The ad closes with this:
I’m going to wake up in the morning and go back to bed at night, focused on the fact of how we put more Illinoisans back to work
“All the stuff he has ready to go is positive,” Rutherford spokesman Brian Sterling told the Sun-Times.
Sterling described the first week of ads — which have already been paid for — as “modest” but ultimately, the campaign still intends to go forward with $1.34 million over the next five weeks, Sterling said.
The decision comes despite Rutherford’s recent troubles tied to allegations lodged by an employee.
The employee resigned on Monday, the Sun-Times first reported.
On Friday, Rutherford called a last-minute news conference where he tied GOP rival Bruce Rauner to a $300,000 demand from a Rutherford employee who allegedly offered to keep politically damaging accusations against the treasurer “under wraps” in exchange for the money. The employee has since responded to that allegation, but has so far asked for anonymity. Rauner has denied having any connection to the allegations and Rutherford has offered no proof other than an expenditure the Rauner campaign made last year to the attorney who is now representing that employee.
Sterling said there’s no truth to rumors that Rutherford is considering dropping out of the race.
“Almost just the opposite has happened with our volunteer base,” Sterling told the Sun-Times.
“On Saturday we had a volunteer rally in Morris. It was snowing like hell and we had almost 100 volunteers come out. Our supporters are rallying behind him. I don’t think he’s concerned about how this sits with his supporters because I’m sure he’s going to be vindicated.”
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