|I'll bring a business mentality to Illinois.|
Bruce Rauner: How Does a Hedge Fund Manager Apologize for Loss of Life?
The WGN/Tribune Republican Gubernatorial Debates took place this evening. It was a more casual and open-ended debate, one that kept the conservative threesome of Brady and Dillard and Rauner in play, while Rutherford sat quietly on the bench.
Chief Editor Bruce Dold of the Tribune tossed the question of attack ads run against Rauner to the would-be candidate, “There’s this ad that’s running…essentially that the company you chaired, JTCR, invested in a healthcare company that was the target of hundreds of millions of dollars that was given to families of alleged victims of the company (suffering in nursing homes). Can you tell us what happened?”
Rauner’s response was a political escutcheon of his personal attitudes that he might bring to the State of Illinois as Governor.
First the platitudes: “My heart goes out to families who lost loved ones – always a tragedy.”
Secondly, a counter assault on those who pointed out such unseemly corporate indiscretions: “This is an outrageous political attack, taking advantage of death… (Imagine how those dead might feel?).
|"I apologize...We lost all our money."|
When questioned about the facts in this assertion, Rauner said what really mattered to him.
“The company, uhm, uhm, was an investment my company made in a nursing home company. The company failed. It went bankrupt.”
“We lost all our money.”
After that comes a series of sorry explanations about how the company that Rauner supported could not defend itself because it was out of money or thinking that these suits were frivolous. (By the way, remember always that Mr. Rauner wants every bill sent to him to be accompanied by three de-regulations bills, especially in tort reform.)
In the end of the exchange, Rauner told the panel that he would never have tolerated inadequate care.
Unless there was a profit…