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posted: 4/28/2014 12:01 AM

Rauners' Ma and Pa act just a big ploy

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Watching the latest political ad for "old folks Bruce Rauner and his missus," I had a sense of déjà vu.

Suddenly I was watching Margorie Main and Percy Kilbride reprising Ma and Pa Kettle from the classic movie "The Egg and I." Retrospectively, I guess what was big in the '40s and '50s is also the "in thing" for today's aspiring politicos.

As was the case with the Kettles, "Ma Rauner" is infinitely smarter than "Pa Rauner" in this latest television political ad. In fact, Rauner better be careful. People might vote for "Ma Rauner" instead of him next November.

Unfortunately, Rauner isn't as dumb as he looks. If he were, I might vote for him, but I can't.

Rauner is an investment banker, a "dealmaker." For him, winning the governor's mansion is the "deal," the pot at the end of the political rainbow. I'm sure his deep pocket investors also envision accessing lucrative "sweetheart deals" once Rauner is in the governor's mansion.

Yes, I know, Governor Quinn isn't the most exciting politician to come down the pike, but at least his desire to effectively serve the public is real, not just an ego trip.

Dean Dranias


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