Ray Lytle

Sad but true, dirty politics wins
Sad but true, dirty politics wins

As primary voting day gets closer in Illinois we have learned something that we all know to be true, yet we complain about it and loudly proclaim how much we hate it. What we’ve learned is that dirty politics wins. It’s sad but yet in primaries the person who is willing to sling mud first is usually the one that ends up winning.

Look at the republican gubernatorial primary.  In the beginning of the race all candidates promise to not go negative.
In a january poll registered Republican voters were mostly undecided in who they would vote for as over 50% of respondents said they were unsure of who was getting their vote. Bruce Rauner had about 15 % Dan Rutherford 10% followed by Bill Brady at about 8 and Kirk Dillard at 5.5%. With that large amount of undecideds with 3 months left to go somebody had to make the push, somebody had to break the promise.
That’s when an attorney who once did work for Rauner started with the allegations against Rutherford. The scandal of questions surrounding the Treasurer led to a February poll where 40% were pollling for Rauner, Brady at 20%, Rutherford at 13% and Dillard up to 11%.
You heard it right Rauner went up 25%. He is now polling higher than ever after the campaign turned dirty.
This is why people sling mud. Recently the mud has started Flying Rauners way but is it too late?
In politics much like real life Timing is everything. You’ve got to be first to be willing to break the promise that all candidates naturally make to not sling mud. Somebody always breaks this promise and ends up leading the polls and eventually winning the election.
So I say this. enough with the bogus promises of keeping it clean. Why not throw it all out there in the beginning so we can get it over with. Then maybe we can actually hear about how they are going to be fixing problems in Illinois instead of fixing elections by slinging mud.

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