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Rutherford campaigns in Vienna

Posted December 31, 2013 by Joe Rehana in News
Illinois State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford speaks to supporters Saturday afternoon at the Vienna Diner as he campaigns for Illinois Governor.  ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Illinois State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford speaks to supporters Saturday afternoon at the Vienna Diner as he campaigns for Illinois Governor. ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Illinois State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford stopped off at the Vienna Diner Saturday asking his party for their vote in the coming March primaries.

“I can beat Pat Quinn,” Rutherford said to a room of about 20 people quoting Public Policy Polling numbers that have him ahead of Quinn by two points, the only Republican candidate ahead of Quinn.  “You help me get the nomination, and I will be the governor.”

Rutherford took several questions from the audience after announcing his goal of implementing a strategic plan for major state facilities.  In a press statement and at the diner, Rutherford said the closure of major state facilities took place with no plan in place.

“We saw Governors Blagojevich and Quinn abruptly announce closure of major state facilities with no plan in place,” Rutherford said.  “It was not long range and it was not strategic.  Their actions negatively affected the lives of the hard working men and women at those facilities and the businesses in the communities like Tamms … This type of abrupt action would not occur under my Governorship.”

Illinois State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford greets Sharon and Steve Robbs from Pope County Saturday afternoon at the Vienna Diner before giving a campaign speech in his bid for Illinois Governor.  ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Illinois State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford greets Sharon and Steve Robbs from Pope County Saturday afternoon at the Vienna Diner before giving a campaign speech in his bid for Illinois Governor. ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

While most of Rutherford’s presentation concentrated on the facility closures throughout the state, he also touched on the recent passage of State Public Pensions legislation.

“That is an area that is very sensitive for many.  Whether you are in corrections, other areas of state government, university or a teacher, the bill that was passed in Springfield and Pat Quinn signed into law, I did the analysis and read the legal briefs, I believe it is unconstitutional,” Rutherford said.  “I did not support it; do not believe it will pass constitutional muster.”

Rutherford said while he is not one for litigation, he wants to get the pensions’ legislation in the courts as quickly as possible and allow a ruling to be made.

“Run it all the way to the Supreme Court and get an answer,” Rutherford said.  “Because if it is constitutional, we deal with it.  If it is not constitutional, we deal with it.  As the governor of Illinois, I believe that consideration and acceptance needs to be a component of whatever the pension resolution may be.  I do not believe this bill carried it as it came forward.”

Rutherford wrapped up his visit with questions from the audience, but not before reminding them of his ties to Southern Illinois and his goal for promoting all of Illinois through the use of the Governor’s mansion in Springfield.

“I’m going to be a governor that’s going to use that beautiful, historic building and the prestige of the office of Governor to help market the good things of Illinois.”