A group of pastors in the city of Chicago have decided to endorse a man for the Illinois governor’s seat who has a very sketchy track record when it comes to the African American community. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has been able to secure the support of black pastors in the city after some backdoor negotiations that have people wondering what he had to do in order to win their endorsement.
The ministers have been Democratic for the most part, but are severely disappointed with incumbent governor Patt Quinn. They say that the governor has not addressed their concerns in an appropriate fashion. Also, liberals have pushed forward with an agenda that has been uncomfortable for the Christian church, with cases where pastors are being sued and even threatened with jail time for not supporting gay marriage.
“Are we better off today than we were five years ago? The answer is no,” Dr. Willie Nelson said.
Added to the black frustration with the Democratic Party is a recent revelation that blacks were worse off under President Barack Obama than they have been under any president since The Great Depression.
“Bruce, we’re going to give you our trust. And I know you’re going to prove faithful, just like you always have,” Pastor Corey Brooks said.
But at Monday’s news conference, Rauner was peppered with questions about minority hiring when he led the private equity firm GTCR. Quinn is running a radio ad that claims Rauner left the firm without hiring a single black professional.
“We have had African Americans at my firm and I hired many of them. I’ve been gone from the firm for several years, I can’t comment today,” Rauner said.
But Quinn’s campaign said they posted GTCR’s diversity numbers in July 2012, months before Rauner left the firm.