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When your campaign stump speech develops a Russian accent

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican primary challenger Jeanne Ives on Jan. 29 at the Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican primary challenger Jeanne Ives on Jan. 29 at the Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting. AP

It seems some of those former employees of the Russian troll farms have found employment helping with local campaigns.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives comes out with her "Thanks, Bruce Rauner." It played to stereotypes and homophobia rather than hitting head-on at some serious public policy issues.

Then Gov. Bruce Rauner hit back with an ad painting the very conservative Ives as Democratic leader and House Speaker Mike Madigan's puppet. The evidence was a sound bite of Ives getting on Rauner for using Madigan as a scapegoat for every leadership failure.

Next we see unsupported allegations that state Rep. Charlie Meier had a private eye following Republican primary opponent Don Moore's wife as she went shopping.

And then Republican 57th Illinois Senate District candidate Tanya Hildenbrand files a police report claiming primary opponent Bob Romanik hacked her Facebook account. Seriously? She's running against a twice-convicted felon who spews racial epithets on the radio and wears the nation's flag like a clown suit, and she can't find a better way to go at the guy?

Illinois really needs some solid Republicans to counterbalance decades of blue excess. There are big issues to discuss regarding pensions, budget deficits, school funding, school choice, property taxes, state income taxes, taxpayer-funded abortion.

You would think voters would respond to a candidate with specifics about lifting up Illinois.

The trolls know better, so our would-be leaders follow the tactical advice that leaves them wrestling in a pit of what can be found on Meier's farm.

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